Rihanna Sends $5,000 Check to Illinois High School

Rihanna plays at the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark, Friday night, July 5, 2013. Roskilde Festival is the largest North European culture and music festival and has existed since 1971. (AP Photo/Simon Fals, Polfoto )
Rihanna plays at the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark, Friday night, July 5, 2013. Roskilde Festival is the largest North European culture and music festival and has existed since 1971. (AP Photo/Simon Fals, Polfoto )

BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Pop star Rihanna is donating $5,000 to a suburban Chicago high school to cover the costs of her brief but tardy visit earlier this year.  Barrington Unit District 220 tells The Daily Herald that the money was sent to offset expenses for security and signs for the musician’s March trip to Barrington High School. The rest of the cash will be allocated for students.

The singer traveled to Chicago’s northwestern suburbs after the school won her “Shine Bright Like a Diamond” video contest. Their five-minute, student-produced film highlighted the school’s volunteer and community service programs.  But fans waited for more than four hours on the first day of the school’s spring break after Rihanna showed up late. While they waited, students got free tickets, CDs and signed merchandise.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press via thegrio.com

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