Today, Ellen sat down with an incredible teacher, Michael Bonner, who has been teaching second grade for the past four years at South Greenville Elementary, a Title 1 school where 100 percent of the students are on reduced and free lunch. Many of these students are homeless and have difficult home lives. The area surrounding the school is gated and impoverished. After Michael’s students passed their reading exams, he wanted to reward them by creating a rap music video using the lessons they learned.
The video went viral on Facebook, and Michael was recently awarded Teacher of the Year at South Grenville Elementary. Ellen’s friends at Walmart loved Michael’s dedication to his students, and they decided to surprise the school with $25,000! Walmart is dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities around the country. Find out more, here!