Ellen DeGeneres Launches GoFundMe Initiative to Help Renovate Detroit’s Spain Elementary School

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On Thursday, television personality Ellen DeGeneres launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to raise $5 million for Spain Elementary School in Detroit, Michigan. The school needs building repairs, new classroom materials and technology to bring it up to date for its students.

Sharing details about the school’s situation, DeGeneres stated:

Ellen Degeneres 2“There’s an amazing school in Detroit that’s getting national attention right now and needs your help. At Spain Elementary Middle School, many of the students are underprivileged and homeless, but that’s not their only obstacle. Almost all of their technology doesn’t work, their entire roof is falling apart and their gym is completely shut down. Spain Elementary Middle School is in dire need of millions of dollars in renovations and we would love your help. Thank you for your attention and generosity in helping such an amazing school.”

Upon hearing the news about the school’s unfortunate state, DeGeneres contacted Lowes. The company donated $500,000 in technology, materials for renovations around the campus, and funding for additional staff. Ellen also shared this story to hit musician Justin Bieber and he will be giving $1 for each ticket sold for his upcoming Michigan concert. 

GoFundMe offered up $15,000 to the campaign and CEO, Rob Solomon, added:

Ellen DeGeneres 1“This shows the true power of the GoFundMe platform, it takes minutes to take a campaign like this live so everyone, including Ellen DeGeneres, can make a difference for the causes that matter to them. We were more than happy to kick the fundraising for Spain School off with a donation of our own, and cannot wait to see how much can be raised for the faculty and students to ensure they have the tools and environment necessary for the best education possible.”

Check out the children’s reaction to the funds below. 


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