Following the mass shooting at The Covenant School last month, several Nashville-based stars, including Carrie Underwood, Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Matt Maher, are raising financial support for the school, its faculty, and the families of its students.
Though Covenant is a small, private school, with an enrollment of roughly 200 students, its impact throughout the Nashville community has been put on full display in the wake of the tragic mass shooting that claimed the lives of three children and three adults. A number of high-profile Nashville natives have publicly described their personal connections to the school and expressed their grief over the lives that were lost.
Now, they are leveraging their platforms to rally support behind the school.
On Good Friday (April 7), Chris Tomlin held his annual charity concert honoring the holy day in Nashville, this year with a special community emphasis.
During the performance, Tomlin brought onstage Metro Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake, alongside two Covenant parents, five students, and a teacher at the school.
Tomlin announced that proceeds from the show would be going to The Covenant School, saying, “This is the seventh Good Friday, and we’ve stated from year one that whatever proceeds came in, whatever profits came from this night, we would give to local charity and it would be something that went back into the community, and this year is just the same.”
“We’re setting up a Covenant fund, that we’ll be working with the leadership in the coming weeks, in the coming months, for whatever you need…to bless this school,” Tomlin said.
Proceeds will also be given to the children and families of fallen officers, Tomlin added.
Drake also addressed the crowd, expressing gratitude in the midst of grief.
“I’m so thankful for not only men and women, for going in immediately and doing the right thing but also for the teachers who followed protocol. They saved kids as well,” Drake said. “Evil will never win. Where there’s dark, there’s light. Where there’s despair, there’s hope. We will prevail. We are resilient.”