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Lady Gaga Pledges Funding For Schools Affected By Mass Shootings In Gilroy, Dayton & El Paso

Lady Gaga has promised to fund all project needs in 162 classrooms in Gilroy, California; Dayton, Ohio; and El Paso, Texas, to help the communities affected by the mass shootings that took place between July 28 and August 4 in the US. The donations will come via the Born This Way Foundation, the popstar’s charitable organisation – co-founded with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, in 2011 – in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, a fundraising scheme for US schools.

“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 said in a Facebook post addressed to Gilroy, where three people were killed; El Paso where 22 people were fatally shot; and Dayton, where the death count was nine. “In this moment, I want to channel my confusion, frustration, and fury into hope.”

The performer went on to detail how her donations will benefit those devastated by the shootings. “Fourteen 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,” said Gaga, who then emphasised the priority that should be placed on the pupils’s mental health. “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 OK to not be OK, and listen to them.”

The wellbeing of young people has been a focus of the Born This Way Foundation since its first march in 2012, which promoted empowerment and anti-bullying. The “Bad Romance” singer ended her Facebook post by affirming, “We need each other. Don’t turn away.”

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