Carrie Underwood headed back to school this morning to visit her alma mater, Checotah High School.
She presented 31 instruments worth nearly $120, 000 to fifth through twelfth grade music students in Checotah, Okla., schools.
“If everybody did stuff like this, not even on a grand scale, for whatever community they’re a part of, the world would be awesome, ” Underwood told People after the event. “Especially if you give to schools, because funding is getting cut left and right, the music and art programs are the first to go. To me those are some of the most important [programs].”
Carrie was introduced by her elementary school music teacher, Kathy Cooper to to more than 500 students and faculty gathered at the morning assembly.
Accompanied by one of her band members on a newly donated keyboard, Carrie performed “So Small” for the crowd. Fifth-grader Kenedee Rittenhouse helped Carrie out, singing the first verse and chorus.
ACM Entertainer of the Year, Carrie, told students the donation was “only the beginning” for her new foundation, Checotah Animal, Town and Schools (CATS) and she hoped future ACM winners would follow in her footsteps. CATS’s partnership with ACM Lifting Lives sponsored the event.