America’s Sweetheart

You know, I’ve always thought she seemed like a good egg. Always happy to see some substance behind a PR image!

THE TRADITONAL gift for a fifth anniversary is wood, but for the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Sandra Bullock gave a health clinic.

She returned yesterday to the New Orleans high school that she helped rebuild for the clinic’s opening.

Bullock, whose adopted son was born in the Big Easy, joined a host of educators, school supporters and politicians for the clinic’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, which coincided with the storm’s anniversary.

“We’re here to celebrate an anniversary, and though that might be hard for some, I choose to emphasize the word ‘celebrate,’ ” Bullock told about 100 people gathered at Warren Easton Charter High School. “Sometimes tragedies bring out the very best in people, and it’s one of the reasons why we stand in this school of excellence today.”

In addition to a contribution from Bullock, the $700,000 clinic received grants from The Kellogg Foundation and The San Francisco 49ers Foundation. It’s set to open in the fall and will provide services ranging from flu shots to emergency care.

Bullock previously donated money to Easton, the city’s oldest public high school, for renovations, scholarships and supplies, including new band uniforms.

“She’s helped shine a light on us and our efforts,” said Alexina Medley, Easton’s principal. “Without her, we would not have returned as soon as we did. She’s come to our rescue several times and, in a pinch, she’s definitely helped us out.”