In an effort to cajole teens out of bed in the morning and on their way to school, the Get Schooled Foundation has enlisted popular artists to give them a wake up call.
Nicki Minaj, Jesse McCartney, Ciara, Trey Songz and Wiz Khalifa are some of the stars who have joined up with the Foundation. The Wake Up and Get Schooled campaign launched on Friday, and is hoping this star-filled tactic will help to reduce absences.
“One of the key factors in students graduating and succeeding in their educational goals is merely getting them to campus in the first place,” Marie Groark, Executive Director of the Get Schooled Foundation, said in a statement. “By using the power of celebrity and persuasion, we are encouraging students to wake up and get schooled!"
The celebs have recorded messages encouraging kids to go to school, and students can sign up at Getschooled.com to get these free wake-up phone calls. The messages will available beginning the first week of October, and will run until June 2012.
Former child star Dakota Fanning is starting her freshman year at NYU, but don’t expect her to dress like a typical sloppy student.
“If you ever catch me in sweatpants in class, that’s not good,” the 17-year-old actress joked to People during NYC's Fashion Week. “I’ve tried not to dress like that.”
Well, she is a movie star.
Pop star Lady Gaga is aiming to make bullying illegal following the suicide of bullied teen Jamey Rodemeyer, and over the weekend played a tribute to the 14-year-old, who took his life last week.
"I wanted to take a minute, because, I don't know if any of you know this, but we lost a Little Monster," she informed the crowd. "I wanted to dedicate this song to him tonight because he was really young."
As she launched into the single "Hair," she explained to the audience, "I wrote this record about how your identity's all you've got when you're in school...Jamey, I know you're up there looking down on us. And you're not a victim, you're a lesson to all of us. So tonight, I know it's a bit of a downer, but sometimes the right thing's more important than the music isn't it? Let's do this for him - for Jamey."
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