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Film Industry donates thousands to local schools

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than an estimated $40,000 has been donated to new hanover county schools since March.

Action movie Max Steel used Hoggard High school they ended up receiving around $6,000. Sleepy Hollow is currently donating about a thousand dollars a day to new Hanover High School and Ashley High School received a whopping $20,000 earlier this year.

Wilmington Regional Film Commission director Johnny Griffin says this is average it’s just never publicized.

“School board members may not be aware themselves because presentations are not being made,” Griffin said. “No one knew that a check for 20 thousand dollars was written to one of the schools because the production just didn’t want to blow their own horn on that.”

The money stays with each school, but recently Griffin says school leaders have been discussing putting donations into a general use fund.

Griffin says that would work against them and he hopes they continue keeping it in individual schools.


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