Oprah, Bill Gates Surprise School Kids
Oprah's TV crew was trailing the billionaire couple as they met with nine students for an upcoming segment of about the Gates' school-reform efforts.
The three-hour visit was not publicly announced and the press was barred from the campus, But Mark Toney, 42, told the Associated Press that his 16-year-old daughter, Daejha, called him about the stellar school guests.
"She said, 'Dad, you're not going to believe it. Oprah is here. I waved at her and she waved back at me,'" Toney said.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated $11 million to the San Diego Unified School District in 2003 to reform three large high schools, said Music McCall, a spokeswoman for the district.
Winfrey has also donated millions to academic programs and six years ago honored 17-year-old Chula Vista High School senior Melissa Payne on her TV show, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
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