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Josie Krammes is committed to staying sober and graduating high school. And she's backed by a mega rock star to make it happen.
The 17-year-old Louisville girl met Kid Rock at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver this week, when he awarded her a $5,000 scholarship to help pay for her enrollment in Lafayette-based Catalyst Alternative Private High School.
As she sees it, this small, personalized school is the key to her second chance at life -- and hopefully a future career helping other troubled teens. Kid Rock's support is essential, too, despite his rock-and-roll image and songs about whiskey and "smoking funny things."
"He's low key and really sweet. Don't be fooled by how he is on stage," Josie said Friday, taking a quick break from art class. "That's not how he is in person."
He's an inspiration, she said, because he's battled drug problems, too. And his music makes her happy and helps carry her through those nights when she would otherwise be partying or doing drugs. Plus, the private school tuition was financially straining her parents.
Kid Rock is currently touring the country, performing at more intimate venues and donating money to local charities, causes and individuals via the Kid Rock Foundation.
"I realized that what really matters to me, outside of friends and family, is music, so we decided to change it up -- tour smaller venues to really engage with the fans, and give to some great organizations [along the way]," he said at the Fillmore on Thursday night.
The basis of his nonprofit (and also the lyrics of his song "Care"): "I can't change the world to make things fair. The least I can do is care."
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