NEWTON, NJ—The educational rock band known as 2 +1  will be performing in their annual concert, Math Rocks, for the students of both Merriam Avenue School and Halsted Middle School this Friday, October 18.

This show, unlike the ones in the past will take place at Newton Theatre at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and will benefit the Lexi Faye Heart of Gold Scholarship that was set up in honor of Alexis Faye, a junior of Newton High School, who lost her life May 11, 2019 in a car accident in Fredon. 

Assistant Principal of Merriam Avenue, drummer of 2+1 organized the special benefit show this year, reaching out to the Newton Theatre.

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“We as a band saw this as an opportunity to help kids learn some math through music, while making a donation on behalf of the schools, theater and the band to a great cause," Lutz said. "Another reason was to bring a vital part of the community, the theater, in on the ground level of something that could be a yearly thing that could help the Faye family with their initiative of raising money for this great Scholarship fund."

The band members include two fellow educators of Lutz’ from his former school district in Phillipsburg, Gary Hank and Anne Bercaw. 

“I know the Faye family very well and knowing what they have given over the years of themselves, we thought it would be a great idea to do for them," Lutz said. "When I approached Gary and Anne about the idea of playing this show and donating the money to this cause, I couldn't even finish the sentence and they were already agreeing that we should do this as a band." 

Lutz said that if the band could teach math to the students and help the Faye family with this initiative at the same time, they felt that it would be a way to give back to people who have given so much. “Any little way that we can help them is a plus.” 

Tickets are available for $6 and according to Lutz, the band will be donating its share of the performance fee to the scholarship fund.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend and contribute as well. 

Students and members of the public that attend the concert are asked to wear white in honor of Faye, as it was her favorite color. 

Faye’s parents, Joan and Russell "are very supportive and happy that we would help with this for them. They thought it would be a great idea" and, according to Lutz they will be attending the show.