September 30th, 2009
02:46 PM ET

Adam Lambert fans help students in need

Adam Lambert's fans made him last season's "American Idol" runner-up - now they've answered his call to help struggling schools.  The singer's online fan groups competed to see who could raise the most money for, which lets people give money directly to classroom project requests submitted by teachers around the U.S.

Adam Lambert

The month-long challenge raised $229,000 for arts- and music-related learning resources and supplies, benefiting nearly 88,000 students - many in high-poverty schools.

According to DonorsChoose, U.S. school teachers spend $1 billion out of their own pockets each year, trying to make up for seemingly endless cuts to school budgets.  The Web site, founded in 2000, allows teachers to describe specific projects for their students; donors can then select which projects to support, either in part or in full. YouTube: Lambert thanks his fans

So far, 109,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to obtain $38 million for books, supplies, technology, and other learning resources, helping some 2.5 million students.  The Lambert competition is over, but fans can still donate in his name at  And whether you donate in his name, or on your own, I can tell you: the photos and thank-you notes you'll get from the kids you help make it even more rewarding.

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  1. Marian

    Amen to the above!

    October 1, 2009 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. heather

    thank you for not being another want to be star just out for themself.
    thank you for having a huge heart and caring about someone else.
    i'm a huge fan, you should have won american idol but like daughtry comming in second place has not supprised anyone you'll be a huge rock star.(no matter what gene simmons had to say about you comming out of the so called closet) which you never were in.
    like being gay would change my mind that i love your voice and you will end up in the rock n roll hall of fame. get real!!!

    October 1, 2009 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. ATlian

    Adam has huge talent AND a huge heart.

    October 1, 2009 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |

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