(Chicago Heights, IL October 6, 2020) The Live Free 999 Fund, established in honor of Jarad “Juice WRLD” Higgins by his mother Carmela Wallace, announced today that it has donated a complete set of band and orchestral instruments to his former school, Deer Creek Christian School in Chicago Heights, IL. The instrument donation fully outfits the school’s band and orchestra and also provides beginning instruments for younger students in the preschool through second grade levels. Juice’s record labels, Grade A and Interscope Geffen A&M, also help to make this donation possible.
Mrs. Lannaea Alexander, who was Juice WRLD’s 8th grade homeroom teacher when the school was called Homewood Christian Academy and who is now Principal of Deer Creek, commented: “Jarad’s positivity and immense talent affected everyone who came into his presence. His spirit can very much be felt in the heartbeat of our school’s mission and within the very walls and floors of the school building itself. We are immensely grateful to accept this gift from Carmela and Jarad, which will enable us to offer a robust music education for our students at Deer Creek Christian School.”
Carmela Wallace commented: “Mrs. Alexander had a profound effect on my son’s life, and I have never forgotten her positive influence on him and the other students under her tutelage. I am so pleased to be able to support her work at Deer Creek by helping to make it possible for her students to pursue their interest in music education.”
This is the largest donation made to date by the Live Free 999 Fund, which was established earlier this year to honor the legacy of Jarad “Juice WRLD” Higgins to support young people in all of their endeavors.
The Live Free 999 is a fund of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. EIF is a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity that meets all 20 Better Business Bureau charity standards and carries the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency.
Juice WRLD’s powerful musical legacy continues to reverberate around the world, with his latest release Legends Never Die debuting on the Billboard albums chart at Number One. The album also had 5 tracks debut in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, joining Drake and The Beatles as the only other artist in history to accomplish such a feat.