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Union's McAuliffe Elementary librarian Kirby Thomas gets another suprise from Ellen DeGeneres

Posted at 1:51 PM, Mar 12, 2014
and last updated 2016-05-06 17:42:33-04

Surprise, surprise. Ellen DeGeneres is at it again.

If she's not crashing Twitter with star-studded selfies, she's giving money away.

Shortly after the tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma last May, Ellen urged people to help relief efforts as she donated $1,000 for a glass of lemonade.

And now she's set her sights on McAuliffe Elementarty librarian Kirby Thomas again, calling her down from the studio audience during Wednesday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

In February, the talk show host surprised Kirby with a check for $25,000, as well as $25 Target gift cards for all 711 students to buy school supplies. McAuliffe is part of Union Public Schools.

The check was courtesy of

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On Wednesday's show, Kirby told Ellen that her school is using some of the money Ellen gave them last month to start the school-wide book club program, One School, One Book.

In addition, they are putting an iPad station in the library and having book bags made for all the students. Kirby also shares with Ellen that one of the students donated their $25 gift card to Laura Dester Children's Shelter in Tulsa.

Ellen asked Kirby about her dating life and soon thereafter her boyfriend Jason walked out and surprised Kirby. He got down on his knee to propose.

The two also shared their first dance as an engaged couple.

Mobile app readers can see Kirby's appearance on Ellen's website.

Ellen also gave Kirby a sound system for the book mobile so the students can hear her coming, as well as a $10,000 check for Kirby and Jason, courtesy of JCPenney.

Watch The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Channel 2 weekdays at 3 p.m.