February 28, 2012 6:15pm PT by THR Staff
Oscar Winner Meryl Streep Donates $10K to School in Viola Davis' Honor
Meryl Streep may have discovered one way to soften the blow of her win over Viola Davis for the Best Actress Oscar on Sunday.
According to Reuters, a bankrupt Central Falls, Rhode Island school received a check for $10,000 from the three-time Oscar winner on Monday via Streep’s organization, the Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts.
"We've just been screaming from the rooftops," the school’s founder and director of operations Angelo Garcia says.
“We're excited Meryl Streep has gotten the ball rolling for us, but we recognize there's a long road ahead of us,” he adds.
Davis, 46, grew up in Central falls and has been championing the school through both her moral and financial support. The school is housed in a government building earmarked to be sold to alleviate the city’s financial difficulties. If the school doesn’t purchase the building for $1.2 million within the next 12-13 weeks, it’ll have to move.
Luckily, Davis had mentioned the school’s plight to Streep, her longtime friend, during a recent conversation. Davis has "always kept us on her radar," Garcia says.
For many awards pundits, Davis was the favorite to win the Best Actress Oscar. But, the Academy ended up giving it to 17-times Oscar-nominated Streep for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
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