Meryl Streep donates $10k to Rhode Island school
February 29th, 2012
10:37 AM ET

Meryl Streep donates $10k to Rhode Island school

No matter what happens at the Academy Awards, there's clearly no tension between Meryl Streep and Viola Davis.

CNN affiliate WPRI reports that Streep has donated $10,000 to the Segue Institute for Learning, a charter school in her fellow best actress nominee Viola Davis' hometown of Central Falls, Rhode Island.

Davis has previously donated to her hometown's cash-strapped library, and has spoken about how close the Segue school is to her heart.

In her acceptance speech for the outstanding performance by a female in a lead role award at this year's SAG ceremony, Davis said she had a "special note" to the kids of Central Falls, and the students at the Segue Institute for Learning: "Dream big, and dream fierce."

WPRI reports that Davis had mentioned to Streep about the school's needs, and on Monday, the "Iron Lady" actress sent the school a check for $10,000.

The school's director, Angelo Garcia, has said that they're thrilled with Streep's gift.

Garcia adds to WPRI that although Davis lost the best actress Oscar to Streep, she's still a big inspiration for his students.

"So many kids came in and said, mister, she didn't win, she didn't win," Garcia recalled of the morning following the Oscars. "So many of them were really sad, but I kept telling them all, 'Look how far she went, and look how far she's going."

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  1. Booo

    For those complaining $10K is chump change, maybe she was trying to show Mitt Romney a better use for $10K other than silly bets. Seems like you are the same folk who thought it was a big amount when Mitt bet Rick.

    March 1, 2012 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. alumette

    maybe they can buy a metal detector. Prevention you know.....

    February 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Deverica Wolf

    These is nothing to keep these kids from winding up on drugs and/or in a gang like every other stupid person in Rhode Island, the idiots I have to deal with day-in and day-out.

    There is an evil disease here and it gets you whether you like it or not. You WILL become a Rhode Islander, and it'll stay with you the rest of your life. Mark my words.

    Rhode Island isn't Family's more like Hell. Don't believe me? Come see it for yourself!

    Deverica Wolf, Providence, RI.

    February 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kella

      Normally I wouldn't say anything, but honestly? You are illiterate, as well as ignorant for making these blanket statements.

      Let's just see. Hmmmm.... people that have the "evil disease" of being a Rhode Islander...H.P. Lovecraft, the Farrelly brothers, Silvester Gardiner, Ambrose Burnside, David Hartman,Brian Helgeland, Tony Horton, Thomas Tew, and the list goes on.

      Not to mention, what about the amazing caliber of soccer players, swimmers (Elizabeth Beisel who is only 19), boxers (Demetrius Andrade) and other young adults who are shaking up the world record holdings.

      Just because you are jaded with your life, don't generalize today's youth saying we'll all be drug dealers. I'm 22 and have my master's degree. What the heck have you accomplished so far?

      February 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Denise Morency Gannon*

    Both women really exemplify how hard work, talent, generosity and relationship personify people who work within the creative arts. I love them both, admire their genuis as well as their compassion and heartfelt outreach, particularly to young people. Isn't that were all about, each of us, no matter what we do?

    February 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ~*~

    10k??? It's like 10 cents to her.. Why not 10 million??

    February 29, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • If I had

      10k to not even bother with, which I do not, I would support some thing or another. Don't look down upon people donating a decent amount of money.

      February 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. haters

    She looks just like my aunt. My aunt don't have that much money though.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |

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