Atlanta inner-city school gets $365K from Oprah - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Atlanta inner-city school gets $365K from Oprah

ATLANTA (AP) - It's a Christmas present that an inner-city school in Atlanta will remember for a long time.

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey has donated $365,000 to the innovative private school in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

School founder Ron Clark surprised his students with news of the donation this morning. The children, parents and teachers erupted in deafening cheers when he showed off the check. Several cried at the news.

Clark says the donation likely will go to scholarships for students. The 80-student middle school depends almost entirely on donations to operate.

In her letter to Clark, Winfrey calls him a role model and applauds the "profound difference you're making with your passion for teaching."         

On the Net:      

Ron Clark Academy: http://www.ronclarkacademy.com/

Oprah Winfrey Show: http://www.oprah.com

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