Comedian and talk show host Steve Harvey has donated a $5,000 gift card to North Star College Preparatory Academy for Black and Latino boys.

The public charter school, touted as the first of its kind in the nation, opens this summer in northeast D.C. While the academy aims to eventually enroll middle school students in the fourth through eighth grades from Wards 7 and 8, its first students in August will consist of nearly 90 fourth-graders.

Harvey teamed with Office Depot and OfficeMax for the gift card that will go toward school supplies and printing. Other monetary donations that have since poured in will be used to help support the school’s overall efforts to change the educational outcomes for students who struggle the most.

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