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Posted on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 11:25 a.m.

Local public schools could win $100 K from 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

By Danielle Arndt

Daytime talk-show host and funny-gal Ellen DeGeneres has money up for grabs and is offering it to schools in need of assistance.



DeGeneres, who aside from her humor is known for her philanthropic efforts, is inviting viewers of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to submit the name of a school and a compelling story about why it deserves $100,000.

With the help of Target, DeGeneres will give away a total of $5 million in grants to 50 schools throughout the United States and Canada, excluding Quebec. Only public institutions are eligible.

The money may be used toward books, upgrading technology or whatever else schools may need.

Target’s involvement is part of a company-wide commitment to education, which includes donating $1 billion to aid schools by Jan. 1, 2016.

Parents of school-aged children or community members can nominate an educational institution online at

There is no deadline for submissions. Grants will be awarded mid-January.

Meanwhile, DeGeneres seemed to be hinting Wednesday that Ann Arbor will figure in some development on her television show. A message posted on her show's Twitter account last night, read: "If you live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and you aren't following me, I would start now, and get a good night's sleep. Tomorrow's a big day."

Staff reporter Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at


Usual Suspect

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 5:54 p.m.

"DeGeneres, who aside from her humor is known for her philanthropic efforts" Wait... She does humor?

David Briegel

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 5:16 p.m.

Ellen supports our schools more than our state government!

Usual Suspect

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 6:36 p.m.

Wow, I had no idea she has given millions to AAPS. Good for her.

Buster W.

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 5:46 p.m.

Ellen does or Target does?


Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 5:26 p.m.

If I am not mistaken, our govt provides billions of dollars to our school systems. You may not be happy with the cuts at this time but to say that Ellen provides more support that our state govt is very myopic.


Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 5:08 p.m.

Ellen Degeneres is that one person that best represents the mores and values of the City of Ann Arbor as a whole.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 4:04 p.m.

She does? How? I think she vested interest in getting crowds together just to promote a cause and then she is gone. Sorry, but she has no vested interest in anything except to promote herself and what projects she wants to promote next. My concern is how much tax revenue she vested when the police had to come to do crowd control. Just a thought.


Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 4:42 p.m.

Please help the communities surrounding Ann Arbor, just not DPS. Unfortunately the warlords get their share before the kids get theirs in Detroit..