Carrie Underwood's foundation gives $350,000 to Checotah Public Schools

From musical instruments to iPads, the donation will help all four school sites at the country music superstar's alma mater.
BY BRANDY MCDONNELL bmcdonnell@opubco.com Published: January 9, 2012
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“It just means so much because she's one of our children that grew up here. We love Carrie.”

At the intermediate school, which houses 350 third- through fifth-graders, the donation will put computer workstations in every classroom.

“Every student in that building will have access to a computer during the day,” Brown said.

At the middle school, the funds will buy 25 scientific calculators, furnish a 25-computer lab and establish an iPad lab with a dozen of the tablets.

“At the high school we had some funding from another source, so Carrie is funding about half the cost of an Apple computer lab. We didn't have any Apple computers in our system ... but we will have a new Apple lab for our business technology class,” Brown said, adding the computers were ordered before the holidays and have already arrived.

The Grammy-winning singer's foundation also funded music education projects. The district is building a new high school it hopes to open next fall, and the donation will pay for risers for the new vocal music room.

For the band program, the gift will pay for chairs, music stands and instrument lockers, as well as an electric piano and other instruments. In 2009, the foundation donated more than $115,000 in musical instruments to the district.

While the district paid for new marching band uniforms last year, the new gift will buy uniforms for the jazz and concert bands, too.

“It's just been a big boost to our band program,” Brown said. “This is something that the district probably would not have been able to furnish to our band. It's just extra special that now they're going to be able to have these things.”



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