Katy Perry Backs Education: 'Knowledge Is Power, Especially For Females'

As Katy Perry returns stateside to kick off the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour, she's reflecting on the hard work that got her here and preparing to pay it forward.

"I'm an American girl that had a dream, executed a dream, came from nothing - and that really is the American dream," Perry said. "I'm happy to be that example and hopefully inspire other people to do that."

The 29-year-old pop star is doing more than inspiring - she's leading by example and lending her fame to support American teachers. Perry helped present a $1 million donation Thursday from Staples Inc. to support teacher projects during the upcoming school year. She'll also invite fans at her concerts to join the "Make Roar Happen" initiative at DonorsChoose.org, where they can select projects to support and make donations as small as $1.

(Read more at Billboard.com)

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