LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A Manassas elementary school was awarded $50,000 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, after an employee of the school wrote into the program to see if it could get some help implementing a student uniform policy.

At Weems Elementary, a pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade Title I school, about 70 percent of students qualify for free and reduced lunches, Principal Angela Burnett said while on the talk show.

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Librarian Rachel Kirkland, the employee who wrote into the show, said she wanted to see if she could get some funding help because many families wouldn’t be able to afford the planned uniforms.

While Angela Burnett was flown out to tape at The Ellen DeGeneres Show studio, an employee of the show was in Manassas Tuesday to tape the reactions of students, teachers and staff, and interview Kirkland.

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