The students, staff and faculty of Spain Elementary-Middle School in Detroit didn't know exactly why they were attending an assembly Wednesday.
Then this happened:
Taping a segment for her show that will air today, Ellen DeGeneres announced more than $500,000 worth of donations to the Midtown school and its staff, with more on the way.
A $100 gift card from Lowes for each teacher and staff member at the school.
$50,000 in technology from Lowes.
$200,000 worth of materials and labor to go toward a new roof.
A $250,000 donation to the school from Lowes.
Additionally, Justin Bieber announced that $1 from every ticket sold to his April 25 concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills will go to the school.
Finally, DeGeneres started a GoFundMe page for the school with a $5-million goal.
WaSeana Ballard, a Spain teacher for eight years, said the boost to her school couldn't have come at a better time. Even though it's a performing arts school, Spain no longer has drama or band classes because of budget cuts. And city inspectors in January found several code violations, including mold growing under busted wood flooring in the gym.
"We were excited and in tears. This is such a blessing," Ballard said.