Oprah's Big Give: $1.5 Million to Save Atlanta School

Second time she's donated to the school

By Andrew Greiner
|  Thursday, Dec 17, 2009  |  Updated 9:45 AM CDT
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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05: Oprah Winfrey arrives to the 17th Annual Women In Entertainment Power 100 Breakfast on December 5, 2008 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katy Winn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Oprah Winfrey

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A private middle school in inner-city Atlanta has received $1.5 million from Oprah Winfrey.

The Ron Clark Academy announced the donation Thursday. The innovative school has struggled to raise money this year amid the sagging economy to pay for its $2.8 million operating budget, which is bankrolled almost entirely by donors.

The school in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods is hoping to expand its campus by building a cafeteria, gymnasium and theater.

Winfrey, who has had school founder Ron Clark on her show twice, donated $365,000 to the school last December. Clark wrote the best-selling teaching book "The Essential 55."

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