In between headlining big films and making us laugh Kevin Hart is giving back, in a HUGE way. This week, 34-year-old actor, comedian and Philadelphia native announced via Instagram that he is donating $250,000 to the schools and recreation centers for new computers. He explained:
I just heard about all the trouble the school district was 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.
Hart and Mayor Michael A. Nutter will visit several city school to meet and speak with students, teachers and administrators whose schools will receive the new computers. In total, Hart is donating 500 computers to the city and school district, including the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department and 300 to the District.
Prior the beginning of this school year more than 20 schools closed, over 4,000 employees were laid off including assistant principals, guidance counselors and secretaries. All art, music and sports programs were cut. Mayor Nutter explained,
In order for Philadelphians to be competitive in the 21st century economy, we need to address the challenge of digital access and literacy. Ensuring our students have access to computers in their classrooms and increasing the number of public computers is critical to the future success of our citizens and City. I want to thank Kevin Hart for his incredibly generous gift to our schools, recreation centers and citizens of all ages. These computers will have a very meaningful impact on Philadelphia.
Friday, Kevin visited a school and shared his excitement via Instagram, writing:
I love my city….I had a ball visiting the children that will be able to benefit from the laptops & computers !!! There excitement made it all worth it!!! #phillyforlife#TheseKidsWereAmazing
Hart will tour Philadelphia schools today and the computers will be in the city next week.