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Judge Jimmie Edwards

By Sharon Stevens Education Reporter

St. Louis (KSDK) - On Tuesday, students at a St. Louis public high school received an early Christmas gift.

NBC's Today Show visited Innovative Concept Academy to document a $100,000 gift give-away from Walmart.

Some of the gifts given to the school include enough food for lunch for a year and a whole new gym with treadmills and weight benches. And of course, national exposure on the Today Show.

Despite the rain, the Today Show crews, including weekend anchor/reporter Amy Robach, and Walmart employees, spent nearly two hours getting all the surprises in place.

The students were brought outside to await the arrival of a huge Walmart truck filled with gifts.

Inside there were gifts, including computers, laser printers, sports equipment and gift cards.

And the biggest surprise? A new winter coat, scarf and gloves for every student!

The high school was founded by St. Louis Juvenile Court Judge Jimmie Edwards to keep troubled teens in school.

People magazine recently recognized Edwards as one of America's Heroes among us.

The Today Show's Amy Robach says she was excited to be back in what was for a while, her hometown.

Robach lived in St. Peters, Missouri from the time she was four-years-old until she graduated from elementary school at age 13.

The entire Today Show segment on Innovative Concept Academy will air on December 21st. It will be part of a three-day series called "Getting to the Heart of Christmas."

The school is a 10 year partnership operated by the St. Louis Public Schools, the Juvenile Court System, and MERS Goodwill.

There are 81 students enrolled in the school.



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