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Lauren Alaina Rewards High School Kids With Concert

Lauren Alaina
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Lauren Alaina made a guest appearance recentlyat James River High School in Buchanan, Va. to a student body of just 500. The school received Alaina’s performance as a reward for winning a local competition hosted by the radio station Star Country (WSLC). Each year, WSLC challenges the local schools to see who can collect the most toys to donate to Toys for Tots.

For the past five years in row, the tiny James River High School has won the contest, their key club organizing the toy collection and their student body jumping into action, this year amassing an impressive 2,332 toys. Though the high schoolers are used to winning by now, they’re not used to 17-year-old country superstars showing up at their school for private performances.

“I think it’s really cool that she is our age and a small town kinda person like us,” Kayla Hannah, a student at the high school, told the local News 7. When a reporter from the same news outlet talked to Alaina about the 500-student school and the cause they championed, the ‘American Idol‘ runner-up seemed to be in disbelief at their accomplishment.

“I didn’t know there was only 500 kids at the school,” she said. “I really don’t know what to say because I’m stunned, that’s impressive.”


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