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Stars boost schools

Gray, Jagger support creative pursuits

Spalding Gray, Bianca Jagger and Delroy Lindo were among industryites who got on the bus Tuesday to support “Stand Up for Class,” the Creative Coalition’s initiative to inspire public-school students to pursue creative professions.

Starting out in New York City and New Jersey, the touring program organized by the Gotham-based arts advocacy org will go on to visit middle schools and high schools in Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

“While fighting the good fight for public education, we also wanted to do something tangible in the schools,” org’s exec director Robin Bronk told Daily Variety. “We live in a society where pop culture icons are our heroes. We wanted to use this knowledge to serve the common good, to give kids the first-hand experience of talking to their heroes and to have their heroes be inspirational.”

Besides sending entertainment and arts professionals into the schools to stress the importance of education to the creative fields, the program will give students the chance to visit participants in their respective workplaces.

Also among travelers on Tuesday’s field trip were Griffin Dunne, Joe Morton, Connie Britton, Richard Kind, Peter Boyle, Dave Chapelle, pop singer Deborah Gibson, presidential speechwriter Peggy Noonan, Broadway producer Fran Weissler and designer Kenneth Cole.

Laura Dern, Susan Sarandon, Martha Plimpton, Chazz Palminteri, Gil Bellows, Richard Belzer, and Creative Coalition prexy William Baldwin are among those committed to participating in future “Stand Up for Class” outings.

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