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Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation will fund classroom projects in Dayton, Ohio, El Paso, Texas and Gilroy, California in response to the recent mass shootings.

In the aftermath of three mass shootings which shook America last week, Lady Gaga is taking action.

The star’s Born This Way Foundation will fund schools across Dayton, Ohio, El Paso, Texas and Gilroy, California in the wake of the tragedies, she has confirmed. 

Partnering with charitable organisation DonorsChoose.org, which helps arrange funding aid for schools across America, Gaga has pledged to “fully fund the classroom project needs” of communities in affected areas. 

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The announcement came in a post where Gaga shared her thoughts and well-wishes with those affected by the mass shootings, and appealed to members of the devastated communities to seek help if they were struggling.

“My heart goes out to those who were taken from us too soon and to their families, loved ones and communities who are left to grieve,” the post begins. “Everyone has the right to laws that make them feel safe in their communities. In this moment, I want to channel my confusion, frustration and fury into hope. Hope that we are there for each other and for ourselves.”

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Lady Gaga is talking about her mental health.

In the same post, Gaga goes on to announce her plan to fund a total of 162 classrooms across Ohio, Texas and California, adding that she hopes the money will give schools “access to the support they need” in order to inspire students in the wake of the tragedy.

“Surviving and recovering from these tragedies also means prioritising your mental health and checking in one your loved ones,” the singer writes. “If you’re struggling, please be brave and tell a trusted someone. Don’t be scared to ask for help, I beg you. If you see a loved one struggling, please be brave and reach out, remind them it’s ok to not be ok, and listen to them.

“We cannot turn away from ourselves. We cannot turn away from our loved ones. We need each other. Don’t turn away.”

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Gaga is not the only high-profile celebrity to take action in the face of the recent mass shootings, which left at least 34 people dead in three different locations. Last week, Rihanna took to Instagram to criticise Donald Trump’s response to the shootings, calling him out for the language he used to describe the attacks.

“Um… Donald, you spelt ‘terrorism’ wrong! Your country had 2 terrorist attacks back to back hours apart leaving almost 30 innocent people dead,” the singer wrote.

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