By Amanda Wicks

For those who have made it in the music industry, paying it back becomes just as important as paying it forward. That’s exactly what Chris Stapleton learned when he ventured back to his Kentucky high school, Johnson Central High School, last week.

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Stapleton provided the school with $57,000 worth of instruments, thanks in part to contributions from Ram Trucks and ACM Lifting Lives program (via People). The students had been playing on broken instruments, and many were sharing instruments because of a lack of funds to purchase enough for each student.

“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.”

The impact on the kids was palpable. “When I saw the faces of the kids with the instruments you could tell how much they genuinely appreciated it, but they were also in shock,” he said. “I think they were not expecting me to walk in.”


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