Making the world a better place.
Lady Gaga has the pop star thing down pat. So now she's trying out a couple of new roles, like being a Starbucks barista or... a substitute teacher.
Gaga's Born This Way Foundation has joined forces with Staples and launched a new PSA that promotes kindness in the classroom and is helping provide support for teachers.
A copy + paste excerpt from the press release:
The PSA highlights DonorsChoose.org – a charity that has helped donors fund more than 25,000 classroom projects for teachers that have positively affected more than 23 million students across the country – and Born This Way Foundation, which was founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world.
Read more about that here.
Staples is donating $1 million each to the BTW Foundation and DonorsChoose.org.
The pop star cited two idols as inspiration. “I was actually always a very big fan of Yoko Ono and also her work with her late husband John Lennon, and when they made peace statements together, they were very simple; they would say things like, ‘Give peace a chance,’ and the press would say, ‘Well, what do you mean?’ and they’d say, ‘That’s what we mean — just give it a chance,'” she said. “We’re asking people to give kindness a chance.”
On her visit with a classroom of kids, Gaga said “they came in all shapes and sizes, with different academic heights, and there were kids with disabilities.” She added, “it was extraordinary to look each other in the eye, hear what they needed: ‘I need to be accepted; I want to feel supported; I want the classroom to be more like this or that because I was born this way.’ It was really powerful.”
Watch the spot below: