Earlier this month, a seattlepi.com reader blog posted a plea for donations to the Rainier Beach High School Music Program.
“There is a brand new music teacher, Marcus Herron, who seems wonderful, with some great spaces for practice,” wrote Xavier Lopez Jr. “However, the school has virtually NO INSTRUMENTS available for the many kids who want to participate. This is an urgent need, and a way to make an immediate difference for these kids who want to learn music.”
Less than two weeks later, Rainier Beach High School music students received a surprise, truckload delivery of more than 50 brand-new musical instruments donated by Seattle-based Amazon.
Amazon employees and associates delivered the instruments, collected this past week between Arizona and Washington in response to the student-led campaign asking the Seattle community for donated instruments.
“At Amazon, we are constantly looking for ways to give back to the communities where we live and work,” said Stuart Zurn, General Manager of BFI3, the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Dupont, WA. “When we heard there was a need, we enlisted the expertise of our entire network to support the hard-working music students at Rainier Beach High School.”
During the event, Amazon associates hid behind a closed curtain, surrounded by brand-new instruments. After the students poured into the auditorium, Amazon employees pulled open the curtain, and dozens of students rushed to the stage to start practicing their new instruments – from keyboards to guitars to violins and more.