Kirk Douglas rewards kids at his namesake school $500 for graduating

May 12th, 2009 - 6:06 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, May 12 (ANI): Legendary actor Kirk Douglas has revealed that in order to get kids at his namesake school to continue with their education after graduation, he has offered them 500 dollars.

Douglas, 92, who has been sponsoring the California school, which offers troubled kids a second chance, has prompted education bosses to name it after him.

The actor has even made it a point to meet and congratulate each and every student who passes their senior year at the Kirk Douglas Continuation School.

“A few weeks ago, I made a visit to the Kirk Douglas High School. I am proud that they asked to name their school after me,” Contactmusic quoted Douglas as writing on his MySpace blog.

“One of my pet projects is to try to inspire young people to at least have a high school education. Then, I try to encourage them to go to college. As a small inducement, I give every graduate a 500.00 dollars check.

“When I spoke to the students I was surprised that they each gave me their personal pledge of what they wanted to do in life to improve our world: from volunteering in hospitals and local schools, to supporting our troops by sending letters and care packages.

“One student has agreed to help the elderly by volunteering at a convalescent center (I wonder if I inspired him). I am proud of the students of Kirk Douglas High School,” he concluded. (ANI)

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