NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — TV 10-55’s Ann Mercogliano got a firsthand look at what happened when a country star paid a special visit to one city school.

The kids at PS 103 in the Bronx were elated to see Dierks Bentley perform in their school gym. He was there to celebrate the brand new addition to the school: A music program.

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Previously, music education at the school was limited. That’s until the donations from from the Country Music Association’s ‘Keep The Music Playing’ program came in – totaling about $20,000.

“It’s so great that they have music in the school,” Bentley said. “Because that’s where it all starts.”

Perhaps Bentley will inspire some of the school’s children to become the next big star – the same way his idol, country music legend George Strait, inspired him.

“He’s really the reason i got into country music,” Bentley said. “We drove around in my dad’s car listening to a lot of his tapes and cassettes…he’s still the best.”

To see more with Bentley and learn more about the music education program, check out the full story below.

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