LISD donates more than $3,000 to Nashville in honor of Miranda Lambert

Kindergarten student, Gavin James, Miranda Lambert, first grade student, Macy Dot Neal
Kindergarten student, Gavin James, Miranda Lambert, first grade student, Macy Dot Neal

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LINDALE, TX - Campuses in the Lindale ISD joined to collect $3,613.13 during the districts "Nickels for Nashville" campaign. The money was raised in response to tornadoes and floods that devastated Nashville and other communities in Tennessee earlier this month. Students, faculty and community members collected change for a little more than a week to reach the final amount.

The money was presented as a surprise donation in honor of country music singer and Lindale High School graduate Miranda Lambert last weekend.  Lambert records in Nashville. The donation will be presented to the Nashville Humane Association.  The NHA has experienced severe overcrowding due to the large number of animals displaced by the floods.

Animal adoption is a cause very important to Lambert who was back in east Texas on Saturday, May 15, for her annual "Cause for the Paws" concert event.  Proceeds from the concert benefit the Humane Society of East Texas.

A plaque was presented to Lambert by first grade student Macy Dot Neal and kindergarten student Gavin James.  The plaque to Lambert recognized that a donation was made to the NHA in Lambert's honor for her commitment to animal adoption.

A second plaque and the check were presented to GAC Top 20 Country Countdown host Nan Kelley who introduced performers at "Cause for the Paws." Kelley will hand deliver the donation and plaque to the NHA.  The plaque states that a donation was made to the NHA in honor of Miranda Lambert by her hometown school district.

"In times of devastation or disasters, we take the opportunity to teach our students about the gift of giving," Early Childhood Center Principal Dr. Belinda Neal said.  "Our district has always joined hands in tragedies such as Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti.  We wanted to do something to help Tennessee.  We are proud that Miranda Lambert is one of our graduates and we know what the city of Nashville means to her and we know how much she loves animals. We thought it would be fitting to honor her with our district's donation."

Students at the Early Childhood Center raised the most money of any LISD campus, collecting $1,409.69.  The Early Childhood Center educates students in grades pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.