Established in tribute to the late Juice WRLD, the Live Free 999 Fund has provided Deer Creek Christian School, his former middle school just outside of Chicago, with a full set of orchestral instruments, per Juice’s mom.
Moving forward, students in the school’s band will have access to a range of instruments for concerts and sports games. Tiny musicians from preschool through second grade are set with beginner instruments as well.
The donation was partially organized by Juice’s record labels, Grade A and Interscope Geffen A&M. Photos of Juice, whose real name is Jarad Higgins, as a student were unearthed as part of the announcement, which you can view above.
It’s the foundation’s most impactful donation since being founded in late April to aid those dealing with chronic addiction, anxiety and depression.
Mrs. Lannaea Alexander, principal of Deer Creek and Juice’s former eighth-grade homeroom instructor, praised the artist for the way his “positivity and immense talent affected everyone who came into his presence.”
She continued, “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 aka momma Juice showed love to Mrs. Alexander, too, claiming she “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.”
In a July Instagram post, Wallace thought back on the time she bought Juice a $99 keyboard from a pawn shop when he was six years old. She also shared a shot of him during a visit to Guitar Center.