Ellen DeGeneres' Weems Elementary School Gift: Talk Show Host, Shutterfly Give $50,000 To Virginia School (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON -- Local elementary school principal Angela Burnett could never have imagined that being a devoted viewer of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" would bring her school a life-changing gift.

Burnett, the principal of Weems Elementary School in Manassas, Va., was flown to Los Angeles and appeared Tuesday on DeGeneres' show after school librarian Rachel Kirkland wrote in to seek help for the school's planned uniforms initiative.

Weems is a Title I school, Burnett said, meaning that almost 70 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

DeGeneres and partner Shutterfly awarded the school at $50,000 check to help pay for the uniforms. Appearing via video feed, Weems students appeared excited by the news -- and by the opportunity to appear on national television.

Each student was also given a school yearbook.

DeGeneres' generous gift wasn't the only positive news she made this week. The talk show host also sent good wishes to basketball player Jason Collins after he came out as gay.

Now that's worth dancing about.



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