Justin Bieber dropped by to surprise a group of lucky high school band campers at Florida’s Seminole High School last week. Bieber visited the school in order to present them with a $5,000 check from Best Buy and the Grammy Foundation, who have joined forces to protect at risk music programs across the country.
“The students had no idea I was coming, and it was fun to completely surprise them,” Justin told the Orlando Sentinal. “I was excited about this opportunity to team up with Best Buy and the Grammy Foundation to raise awareness around the important cause of funding music education programs in schools. I talked to students about pursuing their passion in music and encouraging them to keep doing what they’re doing.”
The Best Buy Children’s Foundation has pledged nearly a million dollars in funds and in-kind donations to try to help struggling music programs in public schools. Given the tremendous importance that musical education has to so many different aspects of child development, including math skills, it’s good to see a big corporation reaching out to try to support these underfunded programs. Programs like the Harmony Project in Los Angeles are making real, tangible impact on at risk kids – keeping them in school and giving them hope for the future. Find a way to support your schools music program – whether it’s a check or a donated instrument. It’s an easy way to make a big impact on our children’s future.
Of course, the students at Seminole High School may have been more excited, at least in the short term, about the fact that Bieber also gave them a special acoustic performance than they are about the check.