VIDEO: Joan Jett at the Long Beach Waterfront Warriors Holiday Party, Dec 11, 2011

Here’s a video from the Long Beach Waterfront Warriors Holiday Party earlier this month, featuring an interview with Joan:

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From the LBWW home page:

Long Beach, NY — December 12, 2011 –The Long Beach Waterfront Warriors with the help of the Allegria Hotel, Long Beach Catholic Regional School and the VFW Lt. John F. O’Grady Post 1384, held a “wrap party” at the hotel this past Sunday, December 11, loading up care packages to be shipped to soldiers for the holidays. Over 300 packages were filled with necessities for servicemen and women who are on duty overseas and recuperating at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and at the V.A. Hospital in Northport.

Several wounded service men from Walter Reed were on hand to meet the hundreds of volunteers who were sorting and packing cartons. And, as a special surprise for the guys, the Allegria’s Entertainment Sales Manager Ingrid Dodd set up a visit from none other than rock & roll legend Joan Jett! The talented musician thanked the men for their service, had photos taken with them and handed out plenty of CD’s for them to take back home.

For three years now, the LBWW’s, with the help of volunteers and contributions, have invited wounded, ill and injured soldiers to Long Beach for a few days of relaxation along our beaches with fun activities, welcome parades and trips to New York City.

Read more on the LBWW’s home page here. If you’re interested in volunteering or donating to the Long Beach Waterfront Warriors, click HERE.

Rare Joan Jett high school visit in Edmonds, Washington, 5/23/11

From king5.com

Just two days after performing at Tacoma, Washington on Saturday, Joan stopped by Scriber Lake Alternative High School in Edmonds, Washington, to speak to the students about getting her GED.

Born to be Jetthead is living testimony to Joan’s positive influence on all of us, so welcome to the Jetthead family, Scriber Lake! If any of you stumble upon this site, leave a comment and say hi! 😀

From http://www.king5.com/news/education/Rock-Star-Joan-Jett-Visits-Local-High-School-122475764.html:

EDMONDS, Wash. — Need a way to get students to listen at school? How about inviting a rock star.

That’s exactly what happened at Scriber Lake Alternative High School in Edmonds. The school, which enrolls students who are at risk of dropping out or have learning disabilities, hosted Joan Jett Monday afternoon.

“I said, ‘This person has a vision that I want my kids to see,'” said Gary Lange, English teacher at Scriber Lake.

On a chance, Lange sent emails to Jett’s longtime manager Kenny Laguna. To Lange’s surprise, he got a response, and then confirmation that Jett wanted to visit the school.

“I thought, ‘You’ve got to be kidding!'” said Lange. “We are a little high school in Washington state and you are going to take me up on my request!?”

Jett spoke to the student body of about 200 teens in the schools gymnasium. Her visit lasted about an hour, first starting with a brief background of how she started, then trailing into a question and answer from the students.

Jett worked the crowd, often times asking students to speak up because she called herself a “deaf rock star.” She also gave out hugs on request and accepted students artwork drawn especially for her.

“You see this,” she said holding up a drawing. “He loves art, he loves to draw. There are a million things he can do with that. So do it.”

Her visit was a hit with students.

Click HERE for the rest of the article, including more quotes from Joan, more pics, and a VIDEO of the newscast. Follow the jump for other articles about of her visit. GREAT STUFF. Continue reading