Country music star Luke Combs buys school supplies for NC teachers

Country music star Luke Combs buys school supplies for North Carolina teachers as part of the #ClearTheList challenge, a social media trend where teachers turn to celebrities to help buy school supplies.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Country music star Luke Combs buys school supplies for North Carolina teachers as part of the #ClearTheList challenge, a social media trend where teachers turn to celebrities to help buy school supplies. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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North Carolina kindergarten teacher Kelly Kirk couldn’t believe her luck when country music sensation Luke Combs replied to her tweet.

Kirk teaches at Wakefield Elementary School in Raleigh and hoped Combs could help him #ClearTheList, a social media trend that challenges the public to help educators buy supplies school districts can’t afford. according to the movement’s website.

“Hi @lukecombs! Kirk wrote on Twitter Sunday. “I wanted to reach out and see if you wanted to support a former Appalachian student with her teacher’s Amazon wishlist! I teach kindergarten in North Carolina and need help with #clearthelist. Appreciate the support!”

Combs was not shy about taking up the challenge, responding only hours later.

“I erased it for you,” he tweeted. “Good luck to your students and GO APPS!”

Kirk appreciated the kind gesture, tweeting “OH MY GOSH!!!! You made my year Luke!!! THANK YOU doesn’t seem enough! she responded on Twitter. “Please know that you have made such a difference in the lives of my students!!! Smiling face with open mouth. Go app!!!”

The “Forever After All” singer isn’t the only celebrity shopping for teachers’ school supplies. Just a year ago, Blake Shelton helped a first-grade teacher in Texas #ClearTheList, Southern Living reported at the time.

What started as a private Facebook group for educators in 2019 quickly grew into a social media movement and eventually a foundation, according to the ClearTheList website. The movement was founded in hopes of establishing a “pay it forward initiative to raise awareness of the lack of supplies in classrooms.”

The movement has also generated hundreds of celebrity endorsements, from singers like Lance Bass and Casey Donahew Band, actors like Bill Burr and Angela Kinsey to reality stars like Khloe Kardashian and Peter Madrigal, according to the foundation.

This story was originally published August 11, 2021 2:28 p.m.

Karina Mazhukhina is McClatchy’s real-time reporter. She graduated from the University of Washington and was previously a digital reporter for KOMO News, an ABC-TV affiliate in Seattle.



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