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Soulsville students to attend VP debate

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Sometimes when you're searching for inspiration it can prove be a lot closer than you think.

That kind of special moment came to Memphis attorney Leigh Chiles while visiting the Soulsville Charter School as part of a Leadership Memphis High School Initiative Program.

"I read the statement of a young man that literally brought tears to my eyes," she said. "I felt it was incumbent upon me at that time to see if there was anything I could do outside of what was going on here to give them an opportunity they might not otherwise have."

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What evolved from Chiles' shot of inspiration will be providing the opportunity of a lifetime Oct. 11 for 20 of Soulsville's top rated students.

A phone call from Chiles to her alma mater, Centre College in Danville, Ky., has paved the way for the students to be invited as the only out-of-town school to be in attendance at the lone Vice Presidential debate. An estimated $15,000 in donations was raised for the trip came from Chiles' employer Baker-Donelson, Service Master and members of Leadership Memphis.

"What we call our success high school initiative is to increase the post-secondary continuation rate," said David Williams, Leadership CEO. "This means over five years we'll be infusing 400 executives into the eight schools to accomplish this goal."

"Not only will they be attending the debate, they will be touring the campus of Centre College and they'll all be interviewing for college with the assistant dean of admissions," added Tim Sampson of Soulsville.

You can watch the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate on FOX 13 News and you can interact during the debate on myFOXMemphis.com.

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