RICHMOND - Most Rhode Islanders are familiar with Bob’s Discount Furniture. Whether or not they have actually bought a mattress or living room set at the retail furniture chain is irrelevant– everyone has seen or heard the quirky commercials on television and radio that feature an animated version of Bob himself or even local sports heroes.
Now Richmond Elementary School students and staff have another reason to be familiar with Bob. The school was presented with a $1,000 check on behalf of Bob’s Furniture as part of the company’s community outreach program on Monday.
“I am thrilled,” said Richmond Elementary principal Laurie Webber after posing for a picture with the check, Bob’s Furniture Outreach Coordinator Sharon Valley, and five Richmond Elementary students, one from each grade level.
Valley said that each Bob’s Furniture location–there are 43 in nine states–has a cafe area that serves coffee and pastries to customers. In each cafe, there is a donation box, and all of the money collected goes into a special fund.
“Each month we choose seven schools and give them each $1,000,” Valley said, mentioning that the company alternates states every month. “We go through the list in our stores and choose the schools, and we try not to do the same schools more than once.”
Webber said that the $1,000 donation will be used to buy new risers for the music program at the school. The risers are 3-level structures that provide members of a singing chorus somewhere to stand. Currently, the school has one riser that can fit about 12 students and is looking to buy up to four more.
“I think that it was important that it be something that the entire school could have access to,” Webber said when asked how the decision of what to spend the money on was made.
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