As back to school buzz sweeps the families of K-12 students, a group of Texas country singers have rallied to help overworked and underpaid teachers stock their classrooms with supplies through the viral charity campaign #ClearTheList.
Casey Donahew seems to have started a Red Dirt trend through direct charitable donations and a GoFundMe page that raised nearly $50,000 in its first two days. Since then, Josh Abbott joined the cause along with Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Kevin Fowler, Stoney LaRue, William Clark Green and others.
For an example of good news in a world filled with contentious headlines, look no further than Abbott's recent purchase of teacher Bree Zachary's entire classroom wishlist off Amazon.
— Josh AbboŦŦ (@joshabbottband) August 2, 2019
Zachary and other teachers have been tweeting various stars, from the above-mentioned country singers to former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Whitten and other athletes, to make up for a lack of funds for classroom supplies and technological tools. Abbott replied to Zachary's request with some good news: She'd receive everything on her list, paid in full, for the new school year.
"Blown away by the gratitude of teachers in the #clearthelist movement," wrote Abbott in a tweet. "I encourage all of you to find some and help. You don't have to buy the whole list (you can though!!); just buy 1 item. Or 2. It all adds up."
Abbott's good deed follows the announcement of this year's JAB (Josh Abbott Band) Fest, held Sept. 20-21 in Lubbock, Texas and featuring Whiskey Myers, Koe Wetzel, Parker McCollum, Grant Gilbert, Kylie Rae Harris, Sunny Shipley and Texwestus. In addition, Abbott and his band are fresh off the June 28 release of the Catching Fire EP. The festival namesakes' first album since 2017's Until My Voice Goes Out includes the nostalgic single "Little More You."
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