Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation to help rebuild school in Kansas City
by Allyson Koerner
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With the Academy Awards approaching this weekend, Brad Pitt continues to work and make peoples dreams come true through his Make It Right Foundation. The group’s latest effort is the rebuilding a 103-year-old school in Kansas City, Mo.

Ever since the devastating force of Hurricane Katrina damaged New Orleans, Pitt has been working through his foundation to transform neighborhoods from the ground up with the use of green materials and technologies.

The organization has recently branched out beyond the “Big Easy” and now one very old, but lucky Bancroft schoolhouse is next on Pitt’s list. The 48-year-old actor’s group will donate $2.3 million to the $14 million project. Costs will also be covered with tax credits.

It will not remain a school, however, but be turned into an apartment complex with 50 units, a community center, and the addition of healthcare services.

According to architect Tim Duggan, Kansas City’s Green Impact Zone, an initiative created to strengthen neighborhoods, create jobs and improve energy efficiency, reached out to Pitt’s foundation. Duggan also revealed they were interested in an investment in sustainable development.

Even though Pitt was not there for the announcement, he will show up for the finished product and ceremony in June. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2013.

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