GoFundMe for 'America to Me' star successful

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

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!" 

Michael Romain

Email: michael@oakpark.com

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Janet Haisman from Oak Park  

Posted: November 14th, 2018 4:10 PM

I loved (almost) everything about America to Me! As a retired teacher, it felt realistic in showing kids at different stages of life undergoing a variety of struggles. And just look at Tiara now! She has truly matured and is now a college student. Thanks to Anthony Clark for setting up a Go Fund Me page that has met its goal for Tiara;s college expenses! Wishing all those who participated in the series the very best!

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