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Charles Barkley giving $1K to each employee of Alabama hometown school

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Basketball legend Charles Barkley is giving $1,000 to each employee of the school system in his Alabama hometown.

The Leeds County school system announced the donation on Facebook, saying Barkley has already donated more than $3 million to the school system over the past 30 years. 

The Auburn University alumnus also helped during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by sending laptops to students, as well as Wi-Fi hot spots and Clorox Corporation donations to the school to help sanitize it, according to the Facebook post.

“We are humbled and wish to express our sincere gratitude to Charles Barkley for providing a $1,000 gift to each and every Leeds City Schools employee for going the extra mile this school year. Being a school employee is tough, but driving a bus, teaching, coaching, or working in the cafeteria, all while maintaining safety protocols, has been a daunting task during a worldwide pandemic. Although it’s been challenging, the Leeds staff has persevered and we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Leeds County said in the announcement. “We are beyond thankful to know our hometown hero and benefactor, Charles Barkley, recognizes the hard work and dedication of the Leeds staff, even under the toughest of circumstances. Thank you, Charles!”

Barkley was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.  

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