You may have heard Kelly Rowland's hit song Motivation (featuring Lil' Wayne) on the radio recently and found yourself inspired by its lyrics. Well, apparently so did Rowland because she recently volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of America to help out with its Be Ready initiative, CBS reported.
The R&B singer rang the start bell and spoke at an event called Largest Wake-Up Call, in which kids get into the back-to-school mindset.
Rowland told CBS that she was moved by the news that an estimated 1 million kids failed at graduating from high school last year. She said that she hopes to be an inspirational story for kids, teaching them that there is a whole world out there for them to take advantage of.
"For me, I just think about my godkids and I think about myself being a student and how hard it was as a kid. It's not just about education," said Rowland, quoted by the news source. "It's just about being a kid, period, and knowing that there's a huge world out here of opportunity. And I don't want to see anybody miss out on an opportunity and a moment that is theirs."
According to one of Rowland's fan websites, OMKelly.com, the Be Ready initiative identifies kids who are at a high risk of dropping out or doing poorly in school. The effort is meant to give the youth a "wake-up call" to get back on track.
Research has shown that inspirational stories about success can be effective tools in helping children and teens perform better in school and avoid violence and negativity.