Chris Stapleton teamed up with Ram Trucks and the ACM Lifting Lives program to give back to the high school he attended in Paintsville, Kentucky.
Music was a huge part of Stapleton’s experience in high school. Finding out the music students have to share instruments and are not able to take them home because there aren’t enough for everyone really struck a chord with him.
Martina Lutz, the band director at Johnson Center High School, has been dealing with their instrument problem for the last four years.
“Chris Stapleton being a student here has been awesome because I use him as an example constantly. You could possibly be the next Chris Stapleton,” she tells PEOPLE. “Why can’t you do football and play an instrument? Why can’t you do football and sing? You can do both.“
Lutz was lead into the band room where $57,000 worth of instruments were waiting for her. With tears in her eyes, she was told Stapleton, along with Ram, and ACM Lifting Lives, and the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, donated all the instruments.
“It’s important to me to help kids who want to be creative, be that music or any form of expression,” Stapleton said. “It’s important to me to support kids”.
Lutz surprised her students, who were shocked beyond belief. They were in for an even bigger surprise when Stapleton himself walked in the room.
Students were brought to tears by his generosity and now consider him an integral part of their program.
The school was also gifted with an outdoor theater and Stapleton performed two free shows.
Watch the moving video below.
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