Portrait of Queen Latifah on her set of the new: "The Queen Latifah Show," at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City, CA September 12, 2013

Portrait of Queen Latifah on her set of the new: “The Queen Latifah Show,” at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City, CA September 12, 2013

*Distinct acts of kindness from a school district in Beaumont, Texas has inspired “The Queen Latifah Show” to launch the “Adopt-a-School” program, a marquee initiative to be promoted, supported and followed on the show throughout the season.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the students and teachers from Beaumont, having experienced that kind of devastation themselves, decided to help the Irvington School District in New Jersey bring a sense of normalcy back to their students and their community.

Scores of students and teachers sprung into action and started collecting loose change and holding small fundraisers that ultimately raised $13,000. It was enough to fill the high school with new band equipment, which enabled them to pass their used instruments to the elementary and middle schools who had no music equipment at all…bringing music to every school.

Principal Davis from Irvington High (Queen Latifah’s alma mater) said, “The band program went from 6 students to 60 overnight. All of us here – teachers, parents, and students were extraordinarily touched by their gesture…in the midst of all this (hurricane) chaos, to know that people care, to know they would take the time to help – it’s what makes America great.”

After news of Beaumont’s generosity reached Latifah and having attended school in the Irvington School District as a child, she was inspired to create the initiative.

On Monday’s show, “Adopt-a-School” had its official launch, with leaders of Beaumont’s actions invited to the show. Watch below.