Pearl Jam Gives Boost to Seattle School Library Fund

Pearl Jam Gives Boost
to Seattle School Library Fund

A fund to buy books for Seattle Public School libraries got a big boost April 21 from the rock band Pearl Jam. The Seattle-based band's $70,000 donation matched all contributions made up to that time by the city's sports teams, local businesses, executives, and other individuals.

The fund, which has a goal of $500,000, was launched in honor of school Superintendent John Stanford, who was hospitalized in early April for treatment of acute myelogenous leukemia.

When Pearl Jam toured schools with Stanford last year, band members decided the best way to help kids was to give to a book drive, the band's public relations firm told the Seattle Times. The group had earlier made donations to five school libraries, the paper reported.

Posted April 27, 1998.