LAKE RONKONKOMA - Hundreds of students, parents and teachers from Sachem School District rallied today to call for more state aid.

The district is facing a $26 million shortfall in its 2013-14 budget. District officials say they're still receiving the same amount of state funding as they did six years ago, in 2005.

More than 1,000 people packed into the high school gymnasium in Lake Ronkonkoma today to take part in the rally.

"There is a chance that we can get more, and all of our elected officials are working hard," says Superintendent Jim Nolan. "It's not about criticizing officials or the governor. We just want to celebrate our district and say we could use your help and we believe in you."