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Meryl Streep’s $12,000 gift

Hollywood legend and recent Oscar recipient Meryl Streep seems intent on paying it forward.

The 62-year-old star – who won an Oscar for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady – pledged $12,000 to a charter school in the Rhode Island city of Central Falls, America, after a tip off from fellow actress Viola Davis.

Viola- who was nominated for her role in The Help but lost to Meryl – is said to have informed the Hollywood actress that the school was in danger of being closed down.

Angelo Garcia – founder and director of the Segue Institute for Learning, which contains more than 200 students – revealed a cheque from Meryl’s Silver Mountain Foundation had been received, and it was accompanied by a note saying it was on behalf of Viola, who grew up in Central Falls.

Meryl’s donation is her second act of generosity this week after she gave $12,000 to benefit another education program at Rhode Island College that helps low-income high school students to attend college.

Mariam Z. Boyajian, director of the Upward Bound program, told the Providence Journal: “I was pleasantly surprised.”

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