woman-pays-classroom-college.jpg23 years ago, a woman who was a real estate agent issued a challenge to a first grade class of underprivileged students in Oakland. Stay in school, do the homework and graduate, and she would pay for their college education.

For  the next 12 years, Ora Lee Brown saved every penny she could, to pay the tuition as promised for the 19 students, out of the original 23, who graduated.

How deeply did her challenge influence the kids? Within the other first grade class that year, only four students graduated.

WATCH the video below, or at MSNBC

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