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Streep Does Viola Davis— and Rhode Island—a Favor

Best Actress winner donates $10K to struggling Central Falls school
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 29, 2012 10:03 AM CST

(Newser) – Meryl Streep's Best Actress win over Viola Davis was the big upset of the Oscars; even Streep herself seemed surprised, calling the whole process "a crapshoot." But now she's making it up to Davis—in a big way. Streep donated $10,000 to a struggling school in Rhode Island in Davis' honor, Reuters reports. Davis has been championing the bankrupt Central Falls, Rhode Island, where she grew up, inspiring Streep to send a check to the Segue Institute for Learning, a charter school in town facing the loss of its building. Click for more on Central Falls' woes.

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"We've just been screaming from the rooftops" after receiving the check on the morning after the Oscars, says the school's founder, a longtime friend of Davis. He adds that the gift followed a conversation between Davis and Streep, in which Davis told Streep "about a little school started" by her friend. (Read more Meryl Streep stories.)

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