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Thu Feb 11, 2016, 01:06 PM Feb 2016

Ellen Degeneres donates $500,000 to Detroit's Spain Elementary-Middle School

DETROIT - It's being called Ellen's "biggest, most generous gift ever."

The students and staff at Spain Elementary-Middle School thought they were staying after school to be a part of a documentary on the problems plaguing Detroit Public Schools Wednesday for The Ellen Show.

They were in for a massive surprise.

“I couldn’t breathe," the school’s principal Ronald Alexander said. "I started crying. I didn’t know what to do.”

Degeneres delivered the news to the children and staff from her LA studio.

The TV show host teamed up with Lowe's to donate a half million dollars to the school. The donation comes as the district gets national attention for the horrible condition in some classrooms.

A check for $250,000 was written out to the school to pay for improvements. $50,000 also went towards new technology and $200,000 will go towards services. Students and staff were also given gift cards.


Great news! This school was highlighted the most here in the Detroit area has being the absolute worst of the worst. Glad Ellen made this possible.
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Ellen Degeneres donates $500,000 to Detroit's Spain Elementary-Middle School (Original Post) romanic Feb 2016 OP
Way to go, Ellen & Lowe's!!! hamsterjill Feb 2016 #1
I've always admired her n/t hibbing Feb 2016 #2
Isn't this wonderful? snacker Feb 2016 #3
Let's see if anyone else can match funds MagickMuffin Feb 2016 #4


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4. Let's see if anyone else can match funds
Thu Feb 11, 2016, 01:33 PM
Feb 2016

It's amazing that it has to take a celebrity to make a change in these matters, when it should be the ISD's to do what is the right to do.

But alas the poorer the community the less money there is to solve the problems.

WTG Ellen

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