Students from the McKinley School found themselves on national television on Monday, April 23, 2018. Even better, they were gifted during the live broadcast with two checks from Walmart totaling $50,000.
It all started when students from the school rallied to get Ellen to come read to them during “Read Across America” week in February, with strong support across social media from the North Bergen community. Although that effort didn’t quite pan out, teachers Maria Morgana and Susan Saab were flown to California to be part of the Ellen Show.
While in the studio audience the two teachers were surprised by Ellen displaying a group of McKinley students cheering enthusiastically on a live video feed from the school, after which Ellen brought Morgana and Saab onstage for a brief interview and presented them with a check for $25,000.
A second check for $25,000 was presented directly to the students in North Bergen. The money will be used to upgrade the school library and media center.
"This is wonderful news for our children at McKinley School," said Mayor Nicholas Sacco. "I would like to commend the students, school officials and everyone involved in their efforts to make this a reality and of course the very generous donation made through the Ellen Show by Walmart."