On Thursday, Tyrese Gibson ("Fast and Furious") made a surprise visit to Locke College Preparatory Academy in Los Angeles to present his alma mater with a $25,000 donation for school resources, according to the actor's rep. The 35-year-old actor and R&B singer/songwriter graduated from Locke in 1996 (see Facebook photo).
He is partnering with The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens and Get Schooled to help students graduate high school. At the March 6 prep rally, the actor thanked his old music teacher, Reggie Andrews, who "basically saved my life."
Graduate for Mas
Gibson visited the L.A.-area school on behalf of the Graduate for Más program, which "[empowers] teens to make a personal commitment to graduate high school and to achieve mas in their communities," according to the program's website. "The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens developed the program in partnership with Get Schooled to provide digital tools, support and an online community that high school students need to stay on track."
Here is Tyrese Gibson's YouTube channel, where the actor uploaded a video earlier this week of his daughter. You can also watch an amateur video of his visit to Locke high school in the YouTube video on top of this page.
On Thursday, Gibson posted the following on his Facebook page:
Back to where it all began #LockeHS walk down memory lane Thank U@TacoBell4Teens, @GetSchooled, and #Grad4Mas #ProudAlumni
Locke students were surprised when Gibson unexpectedly showed up at a pep rally. He spoke about what "Locke has meant to him and how graduating from high school gave him the building blocks he needed to get to where he is today in his career," said his rep.
Students who attended school that day were treated to free food and snacks from Taco Bell.
"I was thrilled to partner with the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens and Get Schooled and give back to the students at Locke," said Gibson. "The teachers at Locke gave me the tools and inspiration to achieve my dreams, especially my music teacher Reggie Andrews who basically saved my life. Without their support and dedication, I would not be where I am today. I am able to be living my dream and I want to provide that opportunity for the students at Locke."