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Meryl Streep donates $10,000 to school in Viola Davis’s R.I. hometown

Meryl Streep, right, is congratulated by Viola Davis before accepting the Oscar for best actress in a leading role for “The Iron Lady” during Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony.

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Meryl Streep, right, is congratulated by Viola Davis before accepting the Oscar for best actress in a leading role for “The Iron Lady” during Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Meryl Streep joked in her Academy Awards acceptance speech for Best Actress on Sunday that audiences were sick and tired of her receiving so many awards. In truth, she makes it hard for people to tire of her.

Streep this week donated $10,000 to a bankrupt school in Central Falls, R.I., where Viola Davis, star of “The Help” and the actress many expected to win Best Actress, grew up.

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According to this Reuters report, Davis herself has donated cash to the local charter school, Segue Institute for Learning, to help keep the library open and now her friend, Streep, has chipped in as well. The donation came Monday, hours after Streep won her award for her portrayal of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” Many had predicted Davis, who played a maid in “The Help,” would win.

The founder of the Rhode Island school was shocked and elated when the check arrived. “We’ve just been screaming from the rooftops,” Angelo Garcia, founder and director of operations at the school, told Reuters.

Doug Most can be reached at dmost@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Globedougmost
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