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3/11/2004 5:32:13 PM

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A surprise visit by rapper Ludacris to a central Florida high school gave some much-needed diversion to students who'd experienced a string of tragedies in the past year.

 The concert came in response to an e-mail from sophomore class president Nada Taha, who explained the school's rough year after the death of two classmates in a drag race and the loss of a beloved English teacher to breast cancer.

With state testing coming up, Taha asked Ludacris to come and "help our school regain the once-lost spirit and make a difference in our lives."

"I get a lot of e-mails," the rapper told the Orlando Sentinel after the performance. "I knew we could make it possible because we were in town and with all the people here passing away, we felt like it was a good thing to do."

Already in town for a performance at Orlando's House of Blues, Ludacris and fellow rappers Chingy and David Banner gave a 30-minute performance that set off screams and cheers from the over 2,000 students in attendance.

Ludacris also donated $5,000 to the school district's fund-raising arm, the Osceola County Foundation for Education. The money came from his Ludacris Foundation, a nonprofit group that provides gifts, grants and scholarships to youth organizations.

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