Lady Gaga: Funding 162 Local Classrooms in Gilroy, El Paso, & Dayton Following Shootings


It’s been 9 days since gunmen in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio took 31 lives.

And 15 days since a gunman in Gilroy, California took the lives of 3, injuring 13. 

It was no doubt a devastating week for many Americans who are now left feeling hopeless, scared, and angry. 

But in the wake of the recent tragedies, celebrity Lady Gaga is offering up her support (and lots of cash) to help with the healing process.

On Friday, the singer announced that she will “fully fund” classroom projects in all three cities, sharing to Facebook that she will be working with her Born This Way foundation and partnering with nonprofit DonorsChoose.org for her latest philanthropic attempt.

“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,” Gaga’s emotional note began. 

“Everyone has rights to laws that make them feel safe in their communities.”

“In this moment, I want to channel my confusion, frustration and fury into hope. Hoep that we are there for each other and for ourselves,” the message continued.

Gaga then went on to announce that she will be offering 162 classrooms through Donors Choose, an orginization where teachers can post fundraisers for their classroom projects.

Her mission will help 14 classrooms in Dayton, 125 classrooms in El Paso, and 23 classrooms in Gilroy, giving them the support they need to “inspire their students to work together and bring their dreams to life.”

The Oscar winner, who is a longtime mental health advocate, also pointed out the significance of looking after one’s self and others following such a catastrophic event.

“Surviving and recovering from these tragedies also means prioritizing your health and checking in on your loved ones,” she wrote. 

“If you’re struggling, please be brave and tell a trusted someone.”

“Don’t be scared to ask for help, I beg you. We cannot turn away from ourselves. We cannot turn away from our loved ones. We need each other. Don’t turn away,” she stated, concluding her heartfelt post. 

It is still unclear how much money Gaga will be donating, but the cash will go towards state-of-the-arts updates and new and improved learning tools.

Go, Gaga! 

Hopefully, some other major celebrities are taking notes! 

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