2019 American Music Awards

Good Works: Adopting Classrooms

Two weeks ahead of National Teacher Appreciation Week, superstars like Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Pitbull will come together for a one-hour TV special to encourage viewers to support teachers and help build new classrooms.

The Real Change Project: Artists for Education, produced in association with nonprofit Adopt a Classroom and sponsor Office Depot, will see artists return to their hometown schools, introduce the teachers who inspired them and surprise deserving students. Airing April 23 on CBS, the special will also include performances and interviews by Lady Antebellum, LMFAO's RedFoo, Jason Mraz, Quincy Jones and "Glee" actor Matthew Morrison.

"I'm an actor and considered a celebrity, but I feel like teachers are the real celebrities in our society," says Morrison, who plays a teacher on the musical comedy series. "They're the people who nurture young minds and performers."

Real Change will help promote Adopt a Classroom, which matches donors with teachers who need additional funding for their classrooms. "Teachers go out of their own pocket up to $1,000 a year buying supplies for their classroom and students," Adopt a Classroom founder/president Jamie Rosenberg says. "Classrooms don't have the core material anymore, and students are really suffering because of that."

Teachers can participate by registering on LiveRealChange.com. Office Depot has also agreed to match the donations made to Adopt a Classroom during the special. Those funds will go toward building eight new schools in 2013 with educational nonprofit Pencils for Promise.

"Our goal is to air this TV special every year to show how real change is possible and encourage viewers at home to register their classroom, adopt a classroom and get involved with the community," says Real Change Productions founder/CEO Liam Murphy, whose parents are public schoolteachers.


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