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Alicia Keys Donates Instruments To Manhattan Alma Mater

Alicia Keys at the Professional Performing Arts School on Nov. 1, 2011 (credit: CBS2)

Alicia Keys at the Professional Performing Arts School on Nov. 1, 2011 (credit: CBS2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York City school got the surprise of a lifetime when a very famous alumni stopped.

Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys visited the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan on Tuesday to donate music instruments to its students.

Keys says her alma mater is underfunded and oversubscribed, “and I hope to make this better for them.”

She also launched an online contest where people can share how they would use $1,000 “to make the world a better place.” It is part of the global campaign, “World of Betters.”

The contest ends Dec. 15.

“World of Betters” also features rapper K’Naan, who will host an event in Johannesburg, and Indian singer Sunidhi Chauhan, who will host an event in Mumbai.

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