American Idol winner visits Pendleton Elementary, donates instruments | New
PENDLETON, South Carolina (FOX Caroline) – American Idol Season 17 winner Laine Hardy surprised Pendleton Elementary with new instruments for their music program.
The singer performed and answered questions in hopes of eliciting musical inspiration.
The principal says this is the school’s first assembly since January 2020 due to the pandemic.
Hardy’s message was to remind students to never give up.
“I hope the kids will be inspired to pick up an instrument and maybe learn something,” Hardy said.
Student Maggie-Claire Williams was excited.
“I really liked it because I’m country. And I love country music,” Williams said.
Many schools across the country are struggling to fund their music programs. Hardy says he wanted to do his part at Pendleton Elementary.
“When I was in high school we didn’t have a great music education program,” Hardy said, “but I just want to reinforce them whenever I can, give back.”
He collaborated with Wild Wing Cafe and Little Kids Rock to donate keyboards, pianos and more.
Fourth grader Anna Blaire Ladd can’t wait to play them all.
“I play basic,” Ladd said, “I play piano, ukulele, that’s about it.”
Sixth-grader Harper Allen says she’s grateful that they’ll also have a Hardy piece to hang on to.
“I think it’s really cool that he donated it,” Allen said, “Especially when he signed the guitar.”
Williams got Hardy’s message to never give up. The singer was knocked out the first time he auditioned for American Idol. He came back and won it all. However, there may be competition.
“He said, ‘never give up.’ And that means a lot, “Williams said,” I want to be a country music singer. And I want to be a softball player too. ”
Hardy performs at the Wild Wing Cafe in Anderson on Saturday.
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