Followup: Celebrating the gift of music, and your generosity

(all photos/video in this report by Christopher Boffoli)
Toward the end of the school day today, just a few blocks south of the city-limits line, the students and staff of White Center Heights Elementary School gathered to celebrate. In part, what they were celebrating was music – which is why they got a guest visit from members of the Seahawks’ Blue Thunder drum line:

But they also were celebrating community, and generosity. This is the assembly during which they said thanks for dozens of musical instruments donated through an informal drive announced a few weeks back here on WSB. It was the brainchild of a WCH Elementary librarian Nancy Hallberg and her daughter, Eliza Junkerman, who talked with WSB contributing photojournalist Christopher Boffoli at today’s event:

By the way, Eliza’s fiancee’ Blake partnered in this enterprise too, collecting the donated instruments:

Eliza tells Christopher it’s not too late to donate yours, if you didn’t see the story the first time around, which is where you will find her contact info. Even if it turns out not to be right for the kids at White Center Heights, they’ll find a place – she says one donated instrument was a beautiful child-sized cello, and while that didn’t work into the music program at WCH, it’s going to an area middle school. ADDED 11:07 PM: More video from Christopher – this includes scenes from the assembly, including Blue Thunder playing:

3 Replies to "Followup: Celebrating the gift of music, and your generosity"

  • Eliza Junkerman October 30, 2009 (9:33 pm)

    Thank you so much to the donors, you are the ones who made it possible! These students will now learn a valuable skill that they may have otherwise missed out on.

    The assembly was really fantastic and the kids were literally dancing and moving on their seats to the beat of the music. Lots of them incorportating the modern moves… raising the roof and all.

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!

  • rockergirl October 30, 2009 (10:55 pm)

    Way to go Eliza and Nancy – such a great idea and awesome job.
    You are both amazing ladies!

  • Auburn October 31, 2009 (12:14 am)

    What a fantastic story! While we hear cuts of education budgets, our neighbors open their homes to give the gift of music. Thank you Eliza, Nancy & WSB for my future favorite song written by one of these kids :)

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