Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Meryl makes donation for Viola

Meryl Steep has made a charity donation to a struggling school

Meryl Streep has made a charity donation to help save a struggling school, after a tip-off from her Oscar rival Viola Davis.

The Academy Award-winning actress donated 10,000 thousand dollars to a charter school in the Rhode Island city of Central Falls after The Help star told her the school was in danger of being closed down.

Angelo Garcia, founder and director of the Segue Institute for Learning, revealed the cheque from Meryl's Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts arrived with a note that said it was on behalf of Viola, who grew up in Central Falls.

Both Viola and Meryl were nominated for the best actress Oscar this year, with Meryl taking home the award.

The Segue Institute has more than 200 students in grades six through eight.

Angelo, who grew up with Viola, said the school is trying to raise money to buy the building it's in or find a new location.

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