Ellen: Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Kids Perform “Happy”


Ellen: “Happy” Kids Giveaway

Ellen wanted to celebrate an elementary school class whose version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” went viral. Ellen decided to surprise all 40 kids and their choir director. The kids all go to a charter school in Detroit called the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences, and many of the kids are very poor or even homeless. Ellen sent her friend Jeannie to Detroit, and she was waiting outside the charter school with Maurice, who was the only person at the school who knew what was happening. He said the school has 1,000 kids and about 98 percent of their kids are poor and under-privileged. 80 percent live at or near the poverty line. The school’s mission is to teach the kids about the arts and inspire them.

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