Decrepit Detroit school gets $500,000 for fixes

An elementary school in Detroit can’t use its playground or gym because of sewer system leaks and black mold. Now, that same school, which was featured on Tuesday’s PBS NewsHour, is the recipient of a windfall from “The Ellen Show.”

Teaming up with Lowe’s Home Improvement and singer Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres announced on Thursday that her show was donating $500,000 to the school. The school will get $250,000 to repair a building and playground. Lowe’s is pitching in $200,000 in services and material. The school also will receive $50,000 worth of computers for its classrooms.

Bieber said he will donate $1 from every ticket sold on his upcoming concert tour to go toward music and performance arts educational programs at the school.

On Tuesday, PBS NewsHour correspondent April Brown reported on the conditions of the school and the district-wide “sick-out” teachers staged in protest. Because students can’t use the recreational facilities, counselor Lakia Wilson told her, “Our children are limited to walking the hallway. They have become like mall walkers.”

Watch a profile of Spain Elementary School that aired on the PBS NewsHour: