On Monday, September 20, Oprah Winfrey announced six surprise Oprah's Angel Network grants to high-performing U.S. charter school programs on The Oprah Winfrey Show
. The grants from the public charity were announced during the show, which featured the gripping new documentary, Waiting For "Superman"
, as well as a candid discussion about why some of America's public schools are failing and the potential movement to revolutionize them.
"I value nothing more in the world than education. It is the reason why I can stand here today. It is an open door to freedom. And we wanted to be able to, on behalf of the viewers, give you something to go back to your schools and make life better for the children in your schools," Winfrey said as she handed the representatives from each of the six designated charter school programs an Angel Network check for $1 million.
The grants were distributed to the following charter school programs:
- Aspire Public Schools (California)
- Denver School of Science & Technology (Colorado)
- LEARN Charter School Network (Chicago, Illinois)
- Mastery Charter Schools (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
- Sci Academy / New Orleans Charter Science and Math Academy (Louisiana)
- YES Prep Public Schools (Houston, Texas)
These charitable donations will support and enhance operations for these successful charter school programs. The six groundbreaking programs are leaders in providing quality public education.
Winfrey then acknowledged the home viewing audience, "I've been honored to have your trust over the years and I have kept my promise to spend your money on projects and programs that I deeply believe—that you believe also—can make a difference???I'm so proud of what we've all accomplished together."
Oprah's Angel Network has funded more than 200 grants and projects in more than 30 countries around the world in order to improve access to education, protect basic rights, create communities of support and develop leaders of tomorrow. The Angel Network was born from The Oprah Winfrey Show
and its viewers' desire to make a difference in the lives of others. As the funding part of the charity has drawn to a close, the spirit of the Angel Network will live on through the stories on its website. To learn more about the history of Oprah's Angel Network, visit Oprahsangelnetwork.org