Lady Gaga to Fund Classroom Projects in El Paso, Dayton, and Gilroy

Lady Gaga is spreading hope and kindness to communities who need it. According to a Facebook post, the artist funded 162 classroom projects for areas recently affected by mass shootings. That includes El Paso, Dayton, and Gilroy. Learn more about Lady Gaga, John Legend, and other celebrities supporting affected communities here.

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Lady Gaga stated she will fund 162 classroom projects in areas recently affected by gun violence

Mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Gilroy left dozens dead or injured. There were multiple members of each respective community impacted by the loss. As a result, Grammy-award winning singer, Lady Gaga, announced she would fund the classroom projects of teachers in those areas.

“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. 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,” Lady Gaga wrote on Facebook.

As a result, 14 classrooms in Dayton, 125 classrooms in El Paso, and 23 classrooms in Gilroy earned the funding they needed to further the education for their students.

One comment stated, “thank you so much! I am a teacher from El Paso, and we are getting ready to go back to school. Our students will be entering our classrooms for the first time since this tragedy. It is our job as teachers to help our students with the support they need to get through this tragedy. This will have a positive impact on our community. So, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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Lady Gaga is also the co-founder of the ‘Born This Way’ Foundation

Lady Gaga is often outspoken about helping children in the LGBTQ community and beyond. She started the Born This Way Foundation in that spirit, providing creative opportunities and a sense of community for the younger generation.

The foundation’s mission, according to their website, is to build “a community that provides approachable resources, fosters genuine connection, and drives action.” It’s through the Born This Way Foundation and Donors Choose that the artist will support students in El Paso, Dayton, and Gilroy.

“Surviving and recovering from these tragedies also means prioritizing your mental health and checking in on your loved ones,” she continued on Facebook. “If you’re struggling, please be brave and tell a trusted someone. Don’t be scared to ask for help, I beg you. 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.”

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Lady Gaga is not the only celebrity helping these communities

Aside from Lady Gaga, other celebrities are stepping up to help the communities affected by gun violence. That includes John Legend, who performed in Dayton, Ohio on August 11, 2019.

“I just played a few songs to try to help bring comfort to some of the survivors of last week’s tragedy in Dayton. My heart breaks for everyone who lost someone. I love how everyone rallies around one another during their time of grief. But our nation should not keep putting ourselves through these preventable traumas. Let’s fix it together,” John Legend wrote on Instagram.

To learn more about the Born This Way Foundation, visit their website. To help the victims of the El Paso and Dayton shootings, visit Public Good to learn more and to donate.