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Dolly Parton is well known for her philanthropy; she famously donates books to children all over the world, via her Imagination Library. She also helps those in need in her native East Tennessee. And, of course, there’s the million-dollar donation to help with the COVID vaccine.

Dolly gives more than people know, and it was revealed on Twitter recently what she gives to high school band students all over the country. In high school in her native Sevierville, Tennesse, Parton actually played in the school band and played the snare drum.

Michael Harriot, who writes for TheGrio and The Guardian and works on The Amber Ruffin Show, posted this yesterday, “Here’s a quietly wonderful thing I noticed: If you talk to someone who was in choir or band at a majority Black HS, you’ll eventually discuss those annoying fundraisers for uniforms, instruments, etc. & a SURPRISING number will casually say: ‘Oh, Dolly Parton paid for ours.'”

We gathered some of the reactions to this latest act of kindness from our Queen of Country Music.

  • Godmother Dust

  • Imagination Library

  • Dolly and Jimmy

  • What People Should Be

  • Why She Is In First Class

  • Angel

  • UT Alum

  • Paid For By Dolly

  • The Best

  • Framed Picture Of Dolly