Actor Tyler Perry donates $100K to Ohio schools

Actor Tyler Perry donates $100K to Ohio schools

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 11: Actor Tyler Perry and Dr. Pearl E. Grimes attend The Coalition For At-Risk Youth (CARRY) "Shall We Dance" Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 11, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 25, 2013 at 10:09 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry has surprised middle school students in Ohio by showing up at a musical concert and donating $100,000 to help student athletes in the city's South-Western schools.
 
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Perry was drawn to Finland Middle School on Friday after seeing a TV report about teacher Mary Mulvany starting a foundation to raise scholarship money to cover fees.
 
South-Western schools earned national attention when athletics and extra-curricular activities were eliminated after a failed levy in 2009. The ballot request was later approved by voters, and sports, clubs and other activities were resurrected for a fee.
 
Perry says he wants to sponsor as many children as possible and wants part of the money to go toward Finland and some to the foundation.
 

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