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Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences (DAAS) students have a lot to be happy about today. In addition to dazzling web viewers with their now-viral rendition of Pharrell’s hit single, the kids got a huge gift from Ellen today: $50,000!

According to DAAS CEO Maurice G. Morton, 80 percent of the schools’ students live at or below the poverty line, and 98 percent of them qualify for free or reduced lunch. While many schools have shuttered their arts programs, DAAS uses music and art to ensure their students stay engaged and motivated to learn.

Like many inner-city schools, DAAS is strapped for cash. The school has been attempting to raise money to help the choir get to Disneyworld for a performance, but Ellen intervened, giving DAAS a $50,000 check courtesy of Shutterfly.

After hearing the news, DAAS students were, well, extremely happy. They even performed their too-cute version of the song, brining Pharrell to tears.

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  • Vinney91

    That was cutest thing ever, its really amazing how many people have been able to connect with the song to put more positive energy into the world

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  • http://www.thatmakessense.net/ Pam

    I love Ellen! She is so giving. Pharrell is also giving and must truly be humbled that his song inspires so many. So happy for the DAAS choir.

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  • sharon

    Amazing…as a former educator, this is the payoff that reinforces in children that they can!! Thank you Ellen and Pharrel for making dreams happen! “I’m happy.”

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