The 'West Side Story' director and his wife Kate Capshaw have donated $1 million to help Los Angeles public school children from low-income backgrounds.

AceShowbiz - Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw have donated $1 million (£715,000) to kick off the L.A. Education Recovery Fund.

With additional support from the Wasserman Foundation and other organisations, the couple's multi-year initiative aims to share $7 million (£5 million) between 55 charities offering enrichment programmes for up to 50,000 public school children from low-income backgrounds.

"Our kids in L.A. public schools are among those who have borne the brunt of a pandemic that laid bare and deepened the inequities that exist in our city and in our country," actress Capshaw and Spielberg said in a statement.

"The L.A. Education Recovery Fund is an opportunity to step up and surround them with the support they need. L.A.'s kids are resilient and if we rally behind them, in partnership with families, educators and communities, we can do our part to help them get back on track."

Steven Spielberg is currently gearing up for the release of his latest directorial project "West Side Story".

It's adapted from 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Arthur Laurents and loosely based on William Shakespeare's classic "Romeo and Juliet". Fronted by Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler, the movie is due to hit theaters across the United States in December this year.

"West Side Story" is his first directorial movie since 2018's "Ready Player One". An adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel of the same name, the Tye Sheridan-starring film was nominated for Best Visual Effects at Academy Awards, Critics' Choice Awards, and British Academy Film Awards.

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