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Tyler Perry has donated $100,000 to schools in Ohio, after making a surprise visit to Finland Middle School in Columbus on Friday.

The 43 year old actor, director arrived at the school as a musical concert was taking place, and then stunned the 700 students by donating $100,000 to help student athletes in the city’s southwestern schools.

Perry donation seems to be in response to drastic cutbacks to the southwestern schools’ athletics and extracurricular programs, which gained national attention in 2009. Subsequently voters helped to bring many of the clubs and extracurricular activities back, but the recommencement of them was only possible at a cost.

Perry has said that the school caught his attention after he saw a report from Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, which highlighted Finland teacher Mary Mulvany, who estabished a foundation to raise scholarship money for student athletes’ fees ranging from $75 to $150 per sport.

Those efforts inspired Perry, and he has said that he wanted to do his part to support the initiatives by making his donation, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

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