Lady Gaga has made a selfless decision to support students dealing with the aftermath of recent mass shootings in America. The singer and activist has announced that she will be donating to over 160 classrooms in the impacted cities, paying for necessary supplies and upgrades.
A Supportive Move
Gaga was heartbroken to hear of the tragic shootings that took place in the towns of Gilroy, CA, El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH. “My heart goes out to those who were taken from us too soon and to their families, loved ones, and communities who are left to grieve,” the singer shared in a Facebook post. “Everyone has the right to laws that make them feel safe in their communities. In this moment, I want to channel my confusion, frustration, and fury into hope. Hope that we are there for each other and for ourselves.” Along with DonorsChoose.org and her charity, Born This Way Foundation, Gaga will donate funds towards 162 classrooms in these cities. “14 classrooms in Dayton, 125 classrooms in El Paso, and 23 classrooms in Gilroy will now have access to the support they need to inspire their students to work together and bring their dreams to life,” she added. This funding will go towards educational tools on emotional regulation, age-appropriate books, and creative resources for photography and painting. Other items that will be purchased with these donations include other classroom supplies and seating options to make classrooms more comfortable for kids.
Seeing The Light
Through this upcoming initiative, many are finding hope in a very sad and traumatic situation. Gilroy schoolteacher Matt Hungerford was surprised to discover that his town would receive over $11,000 in funding from Lady Gaga and her foundation. For Matt, he was in need of 3D printers, motors, and control boards for his students and received the money just in time for the new school year. He is hopeful that the singer’s donation will help students see that there is light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how dark. “Even in tragedy, there could be good,” Matt shared. “Somebody like a Lady Gaga, a celebrity, it’s really nice to see her give to people. This is our small town coming together. We will survive. We are strong.”
Taking A Stand
Lady Gaga is known for her activism and philanthropic work in areas like LGBTQ rights, natural disasters, and HIV/AIDS research. Particularly, she’s been involved with education and mental health, specifically with teens. Most recently, she announced the launch of a new pilot program for a teen mental health first aid project with the National Council for Behavioral Health. With these shootings, many are finding it difficult to understand it all. More than 30 people died in the Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton shootings combined in a matter of a week, which is even harder to deal with when it’s happened in your own city. In light of these tragedies, Gaga urged teens to get the help they need if they are having problems coping. “If you’re struggling, please be brave and tell a trusted someone. Don’t be scared to ask for help, I beg you,” she shared. “If you see a loved one struggling, please be brave and reach out, remind them it’s okay to not be okay and listen to them. We cannot turn away from ourselves. We cannot turn away from our loved ones. We need each other. Don’t turn away.”
Supporters praised Gaga for what she was trying to accomplish. “FINALLY a celebrity puts her money where her mouth is,” Twitter user Craig Derr shared. “I’ll give her huge credit for this. Instead other celebrities who are just begging for attention by spewing out opinions.” Carla Estep tweeted, “Gaga is not a just a singer. She’s a woman with the purpose to do good in the world, who happens to be able to sing beautifully. The ultimate respect for her.”
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