Local School Gets $50K On 'Ellen Show'

Donation To Help Monarch School For Homeless Children

The Monarch School for homeless children in San Diego received a $50,000 donation from Skype during an appearance by principal Joel Garcia on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" that aired Friday.

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The funds are from the "Skype in the Classroom" program to improve school communications.

Garcia and his wife, Kathy, were in the audience to watch taping of the program, and he was pulled from the audience by surprise after a two-and-a-half-minute video clip about the school was displayed.

The 150-student school's success was due to the staff, along with the homeless parents and pupils, he told DeGeneres.

"Some are in shelters, some are staying in motels or hotels, some are two families living together to afford rent," Garcia said.

With the condition of the economy, many come from families that were previously making it paycheck to paycheck, but found themselves living in their cars.

The Monarch School now is on West Cedar Street. A new campus is being built on Newton Avenue, between the East Village and Barrio Logan.

The Garcias were given two $1,000 gift cards to spend on their two children. Kathy Garcia, who is pregnant, was invited back for Ellen's Mother's Day Show.

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