Canadian country music superstar Shania Twain surprised some Brampton, Ont., elementary school students selected to participate in her foundation's program with a visit to their class on Friday.

"The whole purpose of the club is so that you have the best time you've ever had in school," she told a group of Winston Churchill elementary school students. It's one of a handful of schools in North America to receive funds from the Shania Kids Can foundation.

The money will fund a program to help the kids build confidence, Twain said.

The program will focus on being respectful and making friends, said program co-ordinator Constance Guglielmo. She's hoping to bring in some special speakers based on the kids' interests.

The students were curious about their special guest, who candidly told them about growing up in a poor household in northern Ontario.

"I would make up excuses as to why I didn't have a lunch," said Twain. "I had every excuse in the book as to why I wasn't wearing the right clothing."

Many of the students asked her questions, like why she loves singing and what her favourite colour is.

The verdict?

"She looks kind of nice," said one student.