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Sheikh Donates $30,000 to Ohio School

November 23, 2000

NEWCOMERSTOWN, Ohio (AP) _ Get-well cards sent by two young boys to the president of the United Arab Emirates paid off in a big way.

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was so touched by the cards sent by Bobby McKim, 11, and his 9-year-old brother, Billy, that he donated $30,000 to the boys’ school, West Elementary. The sheik recommended the money be used to buy furniture, computers, books and tables.

The 82-year-old sheik is listed by Forbes magazine as the sixth richest man in the world.

The McKim brothers were visiting their grandmother at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland earlier this month when they ran across the sheik’s entourage. The sheik was recuperating from a kidney transplant that was complicated by a broken hip.

When the boys returned home, they sent get-well cards to the sheik. Soon after, Sheikh Zayed asked some of the boys’ teachers to go to the clinic to receive a donation to the school. In addition to the money, the teachers received 50 color Game Boys, which were to be presented to students.

The Newcomerstown Board of Education officially accepted the gifts this week.

``The act of kindness humbled you and your act of kindness to the children of our district humbles me,″ Superintendent David Branch said in a letter he wrote to sheik.

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