Country music singer Carrie Underwood is extending her generous streak. She’s giving $100,000 worth of supplies to her hometown public school system.
Underwood is fresh off her triumph as Entertainer of the Year at the 2020 Academy of Country Music awards. And she decided to pay it forward. She’s donating hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of Chromebooks and other supplies to the Checotah Public School system, the Oklahoman reported.
Underwood made the donation through her Checotah Animal, Town and School (CATS) Foundation. Her publicist confirmed the $100,000 figure to the Oklahoman.
It’s been an eventful year for the chart-topping, Grammy-winning “American Idol” champ. This September, she rocked the ACM Awards with a medley of classic female country tunes. And last week, she released a full-length Christmas record, “My Gift.”
“This year has been tough on so many levels, and we definitely want to encourage people to reach out and give their gifts, pass their gifts forward,” Underwood said last Friday on the “Today” show. “Schools need Chromebooks because they just don’t know what’s going to happen with the pandemic, and we were more than happy through my C.A.T.S. Foundation to help out.”
This is not Underwood’s first donation to her local public school system. According to the Oklahoman, she donated $350,000 through the CATS Foundation during the 2011 holiday season. The money went for wish list items like Apple computers and band instruments.
In autumn of that year, Carrie Underwood joined 200 other volunteers to help assemble a specially designed playground for the local elementary school. And in 2009, she donated $117,000 in band instruments through the CATS Foundation.