Media mogul Tyler Perry surprisingly donated $100,000 to south-western Ohio schools, in an effort to help fund their athletic and after-school programs.
The director/screenwriter known widely for his Madea character surprised the students of Finland Middle School this past Friday (May 24) where a retired teacher, Mary Mulvany, started a foundation for the lack of extra-curricular activities.
The students screamed in excitement when Perry arrived at their musical concert. The 43-year old spoke to the assembly and shared with the kids how much they’ve inspired him, too:
I just wanted to come and see your faces and say hi to you because you inspire me, you all inspire me so much. I grew up, didnt have much, really poor. I’ve been homeless, I had to sleep in my car…
Perry gained knowledge of the school after watching a HBO segment that featured Mulvany, who spoke of her foundation that would cover activities fees starting at $75 per sport — this according to The Columbus Dispatch.
In related news, Tyler Perry’s new show The Haves And The Have Nots airs tonight at 9pm EST on Oprah’s OWN network, while Love Thy Neighbor premieres tomorrow at the same network and time.