Sun | Nov 29, 2015

Meryl Streep gives to charity on behalf of Viola Davis

Published:Wednesday | February 29, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Viola Davis
Meryl Streep gestures as she accepts the Oscar for best actress in a leading role for 'The Iron Lady' at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. - AP

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP):

Meryl Streep has donated US$10,000 to a charter school in the struggling Rhode Island city of Central Falls after a plug from fellow actress and hometown favourite Viola Davis.

Angelo Garcia, founder and director of the Segue Institute for Learning, says the cheque from Streep's Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts arrived Monday. A note said it was on behalf of actress Davis, who grew up in Central Falls.

Both Davis and Streep were nominated for the best actress Oscar this year, with Streep winning the award on Sunday night.

The Segue Institute has more than 200 students in grades six through eight.

Garcia, who grew up with Davis, says the school is trying to raise money to buy the building it's in or find a new location.