Oprah Surprises The Ron Clark Academy With $5 Million During 10 Year Anniversary Celebration


The Ron Clark Academy celebrates 10 years of inspiring students and educators!

Photo credit: Ron Clark Academy

(AllHipHop Features) The prestigious and innovative Ron Clark Academy recently held a "Celebration Extravaganza" for their 10th anniversary hosted by Oprah Winfrey.

The institution's founders Ron Clark & Kim Bearden, Oprah, and RCA's very own students sourced so much inspiration as they shared testimonials of students who had gone on to do amazing things after graduating from the school as well as families who'd been impacted by and helped by the institution.

Since 2007, over 45,000 teachers, administrators, and superintendents have participated in the school's professional development programs to learn how to replicate its student engagement and philosophy model in their own schools.

These educators have gone on to impact the lives of over 10 million students around the word by returning to their classrooms with the training received at RCA.

Photo credit: Ron Clark Academy

The 10th anniversary celebration was an action-packed evening of musical performances and special guest appearances.

The peak of the evening was Oprah announcing her donation of $5 million towards the school's $15 million dollar capital campaign goal.

The campaign's central focus is the creation of the Ryan Marshall Performing Arts Center, a 32,000 square foot multi-purpose facility that will help the school train 150,000 teachers over the next 10 years.

"We are extremely honored that Oprah Winfrey served as the host for our anniversary event. What better way to commemorate this special time in our history than with an electric, fun-filled evening that truly harnesses the energy, love, and passion for learning that our staff, students, and visiting educators have generated over the past decade," said Ron Clark.

Throughout the celebration, several organizations gave some pretty large gifts to the campaign.

Georgia power gave $750,000, the Coca-Cola Foundation gave $500,000, BB&T gave $500,000, and NanoLumens gave $1.5 million.

We can't wait to see the next group of leaders that the Ron Clark Academy produces!

Comments (1)
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Always helping white organizations and ignoring your own people in Chicago. In my opinion no love for Harpo.