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Gee announces plans for Shakespeare fundraising

Ohio State is paying to keep Shakespeare alive.

OSU President E. Gordon Gee announced the university will begin fundraising $1 million to help Ohio’s schoolchildren learn and perform Shakespeare.

The announcement was made at an event celebrating the success of “Stand Up for Shakespeare America,” a program that trains local teachers to introduce Shakespeare into their classrooms. The program is the result of OSU’s partnership with U.K.’s Royal Shakespeare Company and was created with a donation from Abigail and Les Wexner.

Gee also announced plans for OSU’s first national gala, which will help fund the continuation of the Shakespeare program. Called the “Scarlet and Gray Shakespeare Gala,” the event will take place in New York City in July. The gala will be centered on a closed performance of “Romeo and Juliet.” Invitations will be extended to only those that donate $5,000 or more to the “Stand Up for Shakespeare America” campaign.

A total of 38 teachers in grades 1-12 have been trained under the Shakespeare program, which has been in place for two years. University officials said the program has been introduced to roughly 3,000 Ohio schoolchildren.

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