Oprah Gives to Atlanta School
by Michael Cieply, New York Times
The Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta got an unexpected holiday gift from Oprah Winfrey: an unsolicited check for $365,000. Ron Clark, founder of the academy, a private school in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, had twice appeared on Ms. Winfrey’s television show. But he was not expecting the unsolicited donation that fluttered out of a letter from her, according to an Associated Press report. Ms. Winfrey made the gift through the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, which frequently contributes to educational programs. Mr. Clark wrote “The Essential 55,” a best-selling book about teaching. Last year he opened his school with donations and proceeds from the book.