Help Spain Elementary Middle School

$72,766 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 1,796 people in 28 months
Ellen DeGeneres
on behalf of Ronald Alexander
 BURBANK, CA
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.

Lowe’s helped kick off donating to Spain Elementary with a $500k donation to help improve the school.

Watch Ellen surprise the students & faculty:

Learn more at this link: http://www.ellentv.com/2016/02/11/donate-to-ellens-gofundme-for-spain-elementary-middle-school/



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Connie Engel
28 months ago

I would love to see help for all of the Michigan schools! Is there any way that instead of making one school over the top amazing, you can make all schools good? I just hate the thought of all of the other kids still being without! Thank you for all that you do Ellen!

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Daniel Ulises Rios
28 months ago

This makes me really mad. There is no excuse for the American government to keep allowing low-income communities to go through this. I feel extremely sad for the students attending such schools like that. The government needs to step up their game and focus more on improving our education. I can only donate a small amount, but every small donation will make a big difference.

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Stephanie Battaglia
28 months ago

Thank you Ellen for being a strong voice for the DPS. This amazing donation will help them so much. I am on the board of Art Road which brings art back to schools in Detroit and I have volunteered at Spain helping to teach the classes, I know firsthand this will be much appreciated! artroadnonprofit.org

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Lisa Dunn Barton
28 months ago
9
9

This is wonderful. I wish the DPS debt could be paid in full so that money per student could go to the student and not the bulk of it to pay down past debt. It's so terribly sad. Rich districts within 30 minutes of DPS get their full money per student. Detroit students deserve as much

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Charlotte Blank
28 months ago
8
8

Ellen, you are amazing!!! Thank you for supporting Spain Elementary and its wonderful creative children. Another organization that deserves a shout-out for their commitment to Spain, is Art Road (artroadnonprofit.org) - tirelessly bringing art class back to Detroit Public Schools, with volunteers, art, and love. I'm a board member and Art Road is the best nonprofit I know. Please share! https://www.facebook.com/Art-Road-Nonprofit-83086194030/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

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Patty Ann Bradke
28 months ago
6
6

This has been a problem since I was a student in DPS back in the mid 80's. It's about time someone needed to step up. Thank You Ellen

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Cheri Meyn
28 months ago
5
5

Ellen you are so awesome...and so giving...if only their were more people like you, the world could be a better place....I would love to see photos of school after they do upgrades.... Thanks a million to Lowes too....Awesome donation they gave....

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Maxine Lewis Cotton
28 months ago
5
5

Thank you Ellen!!! God Bless you for helping these youngsters!!! The Governor and his Emergency ravaged the multi million DPS funds and left many schools like this in deplorable condition without being accountable. The children suffer because the government doesn't care!!! Now Spain can be warm and the students have the means be outstanding and attend the quality school it once was!!!

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Ida Parks-Cobb
28 months ago
4
4

Hi Ellen, I think your drive for the school is awesome. But my concern is why are the parents allowing this school to do this to their children. The school receives federal dollars plus the city receives tax dollars. What is the school/city doing with these dollars? What about the lottery dollars that the state is to share with schools? I'd like to see an attorney come forward and do pro bona for these parents and find out just where these dollars are. That building is not fit for anyone to be in it. I'm surprised the students and staff are not sick. I love you Ellen. Keep on giving.

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April Rogers
28 months ago
4
4

This is such a blessing to this well-deserving school. Thank you so much Lowe's and Ellen for this generous expression. Detroit thanks you!

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Jasmine Danielle Griffis
28 months ago
4
4

That's my middle school that I graduated from in 1999/2000. Sad with all those damages & memories there. Happy that my school is getting the help after 16 years!

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Maria Manuela
28 months ago
4
4

You guys are awesome Ellen and Lowe's. If everyone gave just a dollar we can make a difference in every kids life

+ Read More
Kristin Englert
28 months ago
4
4

This is INCREDIBLE

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NB
Natalie Bessey
28 months ago
4
4

Goodluck Ellen! Hope these kids get what they need!

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Debby K Stark
28 months ago
2
2

If you can keep the money OUT of the hands of the administrators, you might have a chance to make a change.

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Sarah Miller
28 months ago
2
2

Supporting deserving causes today in honor of my friend's son. I hope Ellen's efforts provide a safe, healthy environment for these students to learn. www.facebook.com/maximizekindness #maximizekindness

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Claire Estelle Bathe
28 months ago
2
2

I just wish that this money went to all of the detroit public schools. Not only is spain elementary -middle school going through this, many of the schools in the district are dealing with similar conditions! I don't want the rest of the schools to go unheard! I appreciate all the help going out to spain though!

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Penelope Lee Ann Laney-Lopez
28 months ago
2
2

Thank you Ellen for your generosity and kindness. This is a wonderful thing you are doing to help this school in Detroit. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are awesome.

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Janet Torno
28 months ago
2
2

We are so grateful for Ellen sharing her passion for the needs of Detroit inner city schools with Lowes and for their generous donation to the students, teachers, staff of Spain School. I echo the prior sentiments posted regarding the value of education and the art education offered by the grass roots non-profit organization Art Road. I trust this will shine a bright light on Spain School and on Art Road!

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Carol Hofgartner
28 months ago
2
2

Thank you Ellen for your amazing donation to Spain School. Art Road has been a partner at Spain Elementary School, bringing art class back to their school and other Detroit schools. Www.artroadnonprofit.org

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Connie Engel
28 months ago

I would love to see help for all of the Michigan schools! Is there any way that instead of making one school over the top amazing, you can make all schools good? I just hate the thought of all of the other kids still being without! Thank you for all that you do Ellen!

+ Read More
Daniel Ulises Rios
28 months ago

This makes me really mad. There is no excuse for the American government to keep allowing low-income communities to go through this. I feel extremely sad for the students attending such schools like that. The government needs to step up their game and focus more on improving our education. I can only donate a small amount, but every small donation will make a big difference.

+ Read More
Stephanie Battaglia
28 months ago

Thank you Ellen for being a strong voice for the DPS. This amazing donation will help them so much. I am on the board of Art Road which brings art back to schools in Detroit and I have volunteered at Spain helping to teach the classes, I know firsthand this will be much appreciated! artroadnonprofit.org

+ Read More
Lisa Dunn Barton
28 months ago
9
9

This is wonderful. I wish the DPS debt could be paid in full so that money per student could go to the student and not the bulk of it to pay down past debt. It's so terribly sad. Rich districts within 30 minutes of DPS get their full money per student. Detroit students deserve as much

+ Read More
Charlotte Blank
28 months ago
8
8

Ellen, you are amazing!!! Thank you for supporting Spain Elementary and its wonderful creative children. Another organization that deserves a shout-out for their commitment to Spain, is Art Road (artroadnonprofit.org) - tirelessly bringing art class back to Detroit Public Schools, with volunteers, art, and love. I'm a board member and Art Road is the best nonprofit I know. Please share! https://www.facebook.com/Art-Road-Nonprofit-83086194030/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

+ Read More
Patty Ann Bradke
28 months ago
6
6

This has been a problem since I was a student in DPS back in the mid 80's. It's about time someone needed to step up. Thank You Ellen

+ Read More
Cheri Meyn
28 months ago
5
5

Ellen you are so awesome...and so giving...if only their were more people like you, the world could be a better place....I would love to see photos of school after they do upgrades.... Thanks a million to Lowes too....Awesome donation they gave....

+ Read More
Maxine Lewis Cotton
28 months ago
5
5

Thank you Ellen!!! God Bless you for helping these youngsters!!! The Governor and his Emergency ravaged the multi million DPS funds and left many schools like this in deplorable condition without being accountable. The children suffer because the government doesn't care!!! Now Spain can be warm and the students have the means be outstanding and attend the quality school it once was!!!

+ Read More
Ida Parks-Cobb
28 months ago
4
4

Hi Ellen, I think your drive for the school is awesome. But my concern is why are the parents allowing this school to do this to their children. The school receives federal dollars plus the city receives tax dollars. What is the school/city doing with these dollars? What about the lottery dollars that the state is to share with schools? I'd like to see an attorney come forward and do pro bona for these parents and find out just where these dollars are. That building is not fit for anyone to be in it. I'm surprised the students and staff are not sick. I love you Ellen. Keep on giving.

+ Read More
April Rogers
28 months ago
4
4

This is such a blessing to this well-deserving school. Thank you so much Lowe's and Ellen for this generous expression. Detroit thanks you!

+ Read More
Jasmine Danielle Griffis
28 months ago
4
4

That's my middle school that I graduated from in 1999/2000. Sad with all those damages & memories there. Happy that my school is getting the help after 16 years!

+ Read More
Maria Manuela
28 months ago
4
4

You guys are awesome Ellen and Lowe's. If everyone gave just a dollar we can make a difference in every kids life

+ Read More
Kristin Englert
28 months ago
4
4

This is INCREDIBLE

+ Read More
NB
Natalie Bessey
28 months ago
4
4

Goodluck Ellen! Hope these kids get what they need!

+ Read More
Debby K Stark
28 months ago
2
2

If you can keep the money OUT of the hands of the administrators, you might have a chance to make a change.

+ Read More
Sarah Miller
28 months ago
2
2

Supporting deserving causes today in honor of my friend's son. I hope Ellen's efforts provide a safe, healthy environment for these students to learn. www.facebook.com/maximizekindness #maximizekindness

+ Read More
Claire Estelle Bathe
28 months ago
2
2

I just wish that this money went to all of the detroit public schools. Not only is spain elementary -middle school going through this, many of the schools in the district are dealing with similar conditions! I don't want the rest of the schools to go unheard! I appreciate all the help going out to spain though!

+ Read More
Penelope Lee Ann Laney-Lopez
28 months ago
2
2

Thank you Ellen for your generosity and kindness. This is a wonderful thing you are doing to help this school in Detroit. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are awesome.

+ Read More
Janet Torno
28 months ago
2
2

We are so grateful for Ellen sharing her passion for the needs of Detroit inner city schools with Lowes and for their generous donation to the students, teachers, staff of Spain School. I echo the prior sentiments posted regarding the value of education and the art education offered by the grass roots non-profit organization Art Road. I trust this will shine a bright light on Spain School and on Art Road!

+ Read More
Carol Hofgartner
28 months ago
2
2

Thank you Ellen for your amazing donation to Spain School. Art Road has been a partner at Spain Elementary School, bringing art class back to their school and other Detroit schools. Www.artroadnonprofit.org

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