Britney Spears Donates To Louisiana Schools’ Flood Recovery

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Pop star Britney Spears is donating some of her Las Vegas show ticket sales to Louisiana schools for flood recovery.

         The Kentwood, Louisiana native announced that $1 of every ticket sold through the end of the year will go to public schools in a partnership with the Louisiana School Boards Association.

         "I am so proud to be able to give back to my home state and help the Louisiana School Boards Association," said Spears. "I can't wait to see all my amazing fans when I return to Vegas for my last run of shows this year!"

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         Formed in 1938, the Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA) is a nonprofit service organization representing local school board members in 69 local systems. The association interfaces with other state, regional, and national organizations having the common goal of improving student performances. A federation of the public school boards of Louisiana, the LSBA has developed into one of the most active and effective educational organizations in the State.

         "We are thrilled Britney Spears has chosen to partner with an inspiring educational organization in Louisiana where we also have multiple casino properties," said Dan Real, Caesars Entertainment's regional president – south. "We feel privileged and honored to have Britney supporting our communities in both Louisiana and in Las Vegas with Caesars Entertainment."

         The Advocate’s Elizabeth Crisp reports that association Executive Director Scott Richard says Spears' contribution will go to a fund formed after last summer's floods damaged several schools.

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         The initial money will focus on helping schools and teachers buy instructional materials.

         Richard credited Louisiana first lady Donna Edwards with helping with the donation.

         Spears' mother Lynne and Edwards are friends. Both came from the same parish and previously were schoolteachers there.

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