Millions of people across the country saw Oak Park and River Forest High School student Tiara Oliphant’s academic struggles in the documentary series America to Me, which finished its 10-part run on Starz last month.
For Oliphant, who is now a student at Western Illinois University, the beautiful struggle continues. Oliphant is now trying to pay her college bills. On Nov. 11, OPRF teacher Anthony Clark started a GoFundMe account for Oliphant, with a goal to raise $3,502. The campaign has since collected nearly $4,300.
“How ‘America to Me,’ of us that as a society, large networks, school systems, & individuals are benefiting financially & personally from this docuseries, while many of the students whom the series was built on are struggling,” Clark wrote on the campaign’s page.
“Realize that while many of us sat down and marveled at what we witnessed on a screen, that we were watching real life. Now I am asking you, if you truly learned something from this series, to help a life!”