Taylor Swift Celebrates 20th Birthday With $250K Donation To Schools

Reason 101 To Fall In Love With Taylor Swift: Rising country star Taylor Swift celebrated her 20th birthday with a generous donation to America’s schools. The “Love Story” singer marked leaving her teens on Sunday by giving $250,000 to schools around the country that she’s attended and worked with over the years. The donated money will reportedly buy books for students, pay teacher’s salaries, and fund educational programs.

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“[It's] something I wanted to do at the end of this amazing year and especially on my birthday was give back to something I really believe in, which is education,” Taylor told PEOPLE Monday. “The schools that I went to and the amazing people I got to learn from really turned me into who I am, and I wanted to give back.”