Donate School Furniture

Donation Brings Tears of Joy

Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School in Compton, CA

Watch KCAL9’s news coverage of the event:

Play

View photos from the event:

  • Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School

    Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School in Compton, CA.

  • The old classroom

    Students had been dealing with mismatched, broken furniture from the 1960s.

  • Installing the new furniture

    Hertz and Remington donated furniture and labor to modernize the classroom.

  • The new classroom

    We provided a clean layout of modern, high-quality classroom furniture.

  • Group activity area

    We even set up a great group activity area for the students.

  • The teacher’s reaction

    When they entered, teacher and student alike were overwhelmed with emotion.

  • Hertz President Saul Wagner on CBS2/KCAL9 new

    California TV station reporters were nearby to broadcast the great news.

  • Students at their new desks

    More comfortable than ever, these students are ready to learn.

  • “Thank You” message from the students

    A message from the thankful students of Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School.

  • Representatives from the school, Hertz, Remington, and KJLH Radio

    Thanks to all those who helped make this event possible!

The 4th grade students at Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School in Compton, CA recently got what they’ve deserved for a long time — new classroom furniture to match their can-do attitude.

Still using furniture purchased when the school was built in the 1960s, the students have been putting up with pieces that were broken, too small and even dangerous. Hertz Furniture partnered with Remington Moving and Storage to replace their old student chairs and desks with new, comfortable and space-saving chair-desk combo units. Mrs. McConnell, the teacher, received a desk and chair after she’d had to go without for several years. In addition to the chairs-desks, Hertz Furniture also provided an activity table and chairs for group study, a colorful rug to brighten the space and a sturdy steel cabinet for the teacher’s files.

The cost of the furniture was covered by Hertz; seeing the tears of joy on the faces of staff and student alike was all the payment we needed.

Send an email to amyhoffmann@hertzfurniture.com if you’d like to help sponsor classroom furniture for a group of deserving kids like these.

Furnished for Education

Hertz Furniture grants students’ wish for new desks and chairs

The 4th grade students at Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School, Compton, CA, clapped with excitement and sparkled with tears of joy when they saw their new classroom furniture donated by Hertz Furniture.

In a school building that dates back to the 1960s, Mrs. Belki McConnell and thirty-six fourth graders had been struggling to learn with the original desks and chairs, many of which were cracked, too small, unstable and hazardous. Years ago, Mrs. McConnell’s own desk and chair had broken beyond repair and was never replaced. They appealed to their school district for new classroom furniture but financing wasn’t available. Dismayed yet determined, they decided to raise the money themselves.

In search of a discounted price, Mrs. McConnell sent a letter explaining their situation to Hertz Furniture. Touched by their story, Hertz Furniture responded with good-will and replaced all of the classroom furniture as a gift.

“No matter the economic situation, or whether the lesson is math, language arts or personal empowerment, all students deserve a safe and comfortable environment in which to learn,” says Mr. Saul Wagner, President of Hertz Furniture.

After working up a design to maximize the space available, Hertz Furniture partnered with Remington Moving and Storage to deliver new, comfortable and space-saving chair-desk combo units to the previously over-crowded classroom. A teacher’s desk, chair and sturdy steel filing cabinet were also provided, in addition to an activity table and chairs for group study and a bright colorful rug to add cheer to the classroom.

Installation of the new classroom furniture attracted attention beyond the school walls and the event was covered by local media. Broadcasting live from the school were reporters from KCAL9, the CBS Los Angeles affiliate, and popular DJ Bigg P-Wee from KJLH 102.3 FM.

The cost of the new classroom furniture was covered by Hertz Furniture — seeing the tears of joy on the faces of staff and student alike was priceless.

If you’d like to help sponsor classroom furniture for a group of deserving students, please contact amyhoffmann@hertzfurniture.com