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Parton donates $500,000 for education

THE BALTIMORE SUN

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Dolly Parton has donated $500,000 to improve public education and keep kids in school in her native Sevier County.

"This is just great," said Jack Parton, Sevier County Schools superintendent and a distant relative of the performer. "It will unlock some doors for our schoolchildren."

The contribution came through the entertainer's Dollywood Foundation, which raises money from annual spring concerts.

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