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Ellen Degeneres surprises teachers, students at Whitney Elementary School

Ellen gives to Memphis school
Published: Oct. 29, 2015 at 9:37 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2015 at 2:43 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The teachers at Whitney Elementary School received some well-deserved national attention.

They walk their students home after school, since no buses run within a two-mile radius of the campus.

Even Ellen Degeneres heard about it. She wanted to do something special for those awesome educators.

Not only do they walk their students home to promote community engagement, teachers also spend thousands of dollars out of pocket to provide supplies for students who mostly come from low-income or single-parent homes.

Wednesday, Ellen Skyped in to the school to reward them for their walk home initiative.

Watch Ellen on WMC Action News 5 at 3 p.m. to see the big surprise. Then watch our special coverage of the event starting at 4 p.m.

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