10/31/2013 03:15 pm ET Updated Nov 01, 2013

Kevin Hart Makes Big Donation To Cash-Strapped Philadelphia Schools


Kevin Hart is bringing good news to Philadelphia schools after the district weathered a year of devastating budget cuts.

On Wednesday the comedian announced that he will donate $250,000 to the school district, of which he is an alumnus. According to a video Hart posted on Instagram, his donation will be used to buy new computers.

“Philadelphia, aka the city of brotherly love," he addressed his hometown in the video. "I just heard about all the trouble the school district is going through. So I took it upon myself to take $250,000 and put it in the school system to buy new computers. Not because somebody told me to, because I love you, and I put on for my city.”

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter thanked Hart in a statement.

“I want to thank Kevin Hart for his incredibly generous gift to our schools, recreation centers and citizens of all ages," he said. "These computers will have a very meaningful impact on Philadelphia.”

Over the summer, the Philadelphia School District closed 24 schools and laid off thousands of employees. In late September, a 12-year-old student died after feeling sick at school, prompting his father to suggest that the death could have been prevented if the school had enough money for a full-time nurse.



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