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Foundation in Africa named for Prestwood student

By Chris Smith/The Press Democrat

This alone is remarkable: The foundation that operates a school in a slum in Kenya has spontaneously named itself for a generous, lifelong benefactor from Sonoma County.

And Riley Orton, the honoree, is just 9 years old.

The Sonoma County native was born a bit prematurely and, it seems, with a potent urge to help others. His family in Kenwood is by no means wealthy, but Riley hadn't been walking long when his folks first noticed his inclination to share whatever he has.

His mother, Jennifer Fee, says he was maybe 2 when he started inviting the postal carrier and door-to-door evangelists to come in, take a rest on the couch and have a drink of water.

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