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Photo Gallery: Carlos Santana visits Andre Agassi Prep Academy

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Carlos Santana plays a guitar he donated to the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy while taking a tour of the school with Andre Agassi on Feb. 4, 2010.

Music legend and Hard Rock Hotel resident headliner Carlos Santana launched his partnership with the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education today by joining the tennis superstar and our hometown hero for a tour of the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. Carlos is encouraging donations through text messaging during his performances of Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits at The Joint this month.

From now until Feb. 21, concertgoers can donate to the foundation in increments of $5 via text message. Fans will be prompted to text the word “kids” to 20222 to make a donation, which will show up on the user’s cell phone bill. The foundation can receive donations through March 31 via text or at any time at AgassiFoundation.org.

Andre Agassi and Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana speaks to students of the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy on Feb. 4, 2010. Launch slideshow »

“We are so grateful to Carlos Santana for his generosity and compassion,” Andre said in a press release. He understands the toll that hunger, poverty and lack of access to education has taken on the world’s young people, and he is a living example that ‘caring, by definition, means doing.’ … With Carlos, we believe we can make an impact on what matters most -- giving our children the tools to succeed through education and the life choices it allows them to pursue.”

During his visit, Carlos met with students from the academy and students from Cheyenne, Legacy, Mojave and Sunrise Mountain High Schools, as well. Photographers Denise Truscello and Scott Harrison were onsite to capture the collaboration. (We posted their photo gallery in Strip Scribbles this afternoon right when we received the photos and are breaking it out into a separate story now because it deserves it.)

Andre Agassi, Carlos Santana and Steffi Graf take a tour of the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy on Feb. 4, 2010.

Andre Agassi, Carlos Santana and Steffi Graf take a tour of the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy on Feb. 4, 2010.

In addition to the music donations and financial support, Carlos is inviting students from the academy’s drum line to appear in the opening number of his show on Saturday. As we reported yesterday, Carlos said that he’s fallen in love with Las Vegas and wants to be more involved with the community.

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