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Lady Gaga pledges donations for school classrooms after widespread mass shootings

The singer has vowed to fund projects in three communities to 'inspire students to work together'

Lady Gaga has announced she will fully fund more than 150 classroom projects across three US states. AP
Lady Gaga has announced she will fully fund more than 150 classroom projects across three US states. AP

In just seven days, three cities across America were left reeling by separate mass shootings.

As family, friends and communities who have lost loved ones come together to mourn, many across the world have stood in solidarity with those affected, whether through supportive messages or charitable donations.

Among them is one Oscar winner, who has pledged funding for schools in the affected areas, in which more than 30 people lost their lives.

Lady Gaga has vowed to pay for projects in more than 150 classrooms across three states, in a bid to give schools "access to the support they need to inspire their students to work together and bring their dreams to life".

The funding will go to 14 classrooms in Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman killed nine people on Sunday, August 4, and 125 classrooms in El Paso, Texas, where 22 lives were claimed in a mass shooting at a Walmart on Saturday, August 3.

The singer's funding will also support 23 classrooms in Gilroy, California, where three people were killed at garlic festival after a gunman opened fire.

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," said Lady Gaga, announcing her pledge on her Facebook page. "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."

The A Star is Born actress and Shallow singer partnered her Born This Way Foundation with DonorsChoose.org, a charity that allows public school teachers to create funding requests for classroom projects.

Lady Gaga, 33, also used her announcement to encourage those affected by the shootings to seek help if needed.

"Surviving and recovering from these tragedies also means prioritising your mental health and checking in on your loved ones," the star urged. "If you’re struggling, please be brave and tell a trusted someone. Don’t be scared to ask for help, I beg you."

Lady Gaga made her donation in "loving memory of the victims of the tragic shootings", with her announcement garnering applause and praise from fans.

This isn't the first time the Bad Romance singer has made a financial contribution to a cause; in October 2017, Lady Gaga donated $1 million (Dh3.67m) towards helping those affected by hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico recover. She has also supported mental health programmes and the Red Cross through her foundation.

Updated: August 11, 2019 04:56 PM

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