Pop star and American Idol also-ran Adam Lambert surprised a group of 45 music students of Belvedere Middle School in Los Angeles Thursday by hand-delivering much needed supplies, according to the Los Angeles Times blog AmericanIdolTracker.
The students were chosen by teacher Sarah Fuller based on their skills and had no idea that Lambert would be visiting their classroom. Lambert had teamed up with DonorsChoose.org, and fans of the singer donated nearly $300,000 to the cause, allowing the school to purchase guitars, strings, and batteries to power keyboards. The singer also performed with the students, who accompanied him on his hit single "Whattaya Want From Me."
Public schools don't get the budgets for materials in the arts programs," Lambert told the blog. "We've raised an insane amount of money. Music classes, drama classes, art classes ... these are the programs I really wanted to focus on because, as a kid, I was fortunate enough to have great funding in my district."
Ninety-four percent of the students who attend Belvedere qualify for free or reduced lunch, indicating that the student body comes overwhelmingly from low-income families.