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If you have kids or if you know a kid,

or if you ever were a kid, you probably have heard of Crayola.

Their goal for America is to send one million

thank you's to teachers.

And in honor of Teacher Appreciation Day,

Crayola is kicking off their Thank a Teacher campaign.

Of course, the best way to thank teachers on my show

is to play one of my favorite games.

It's called Don't Leave Me Hanging.

Let us meet our contestants.

Melissa, hi.

Hi.

You're a kindergarten teacher at Alexander Elementary

School in Jackson, Tennessee.

I am and I love it.

Hi, Alexander.

What's the best part about teaching there?

I love having the opportunity to change

children's lives every day.

That's wonderful.

And you do.

That's what you do.

[APPLAUSE]

Victor, you're a civics teacher in Jacksonville, Florida,

and you also mentor at risk youth in your community?

Yes, ma'am.

Good for you.

That's fantastic.

And what do you love about it?

Seeing these students come in one way

and seeing them leave another way is just tremendous.

Having the opportunity to change and shape these young people

is what's amazing to me.

That's fantastic, and Brittany, hi.

Hi.

You're a second grade teacher in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Tell us about the bus program that you started.

Yeah, so I bought a bus, and--

[AUDIENCE LAUGHING]

And Colleen, Ryan, and I, after school and on the weekends,

we tutor parents and their students.

Uh-huh.

Here's how you play the game.

I am going to say a category, like types of flowers,

and we'll take turns naming a flower.

And we'll keep going until somebody can't think of one

or repeats one.

You only have a few seconds.

So then you get a strike, and then something happens to you.

Three strikes, you're going to have to leave.

And you can see that you're on cord,

so something's going to happen.

Before we play, we have a surprise for you using Cisco.

We are going to check in with each of your classes.

Kids, are you there?

Oh, my god.

Hey.

Oh, my god.

Oh, my god.

All right.

Oh, kids, you're going to have so much fun watching

your teachers.

Let's play the game.

All right, and Melissa, we're going to start with you.

And the first category is excuses for why

you don't have your homework.

My dog ate it.

I didn't do it.

I left it at home.

I ate it.

I left it at school.

It blew out the window.

I ran over it with my go kart.

I thought it was due next week.

I ate it.

She already said she ate it.

[BUZZER]

All right.

Brittany, look what happens to you.

All right.

[APPLAUSE]

Melissa, US states that begin with a vowel.

Arkansas.

Alabama.

Um, um, Idaho.

Iowa.

Indiana.

Did we say Alabama?

Somebody said Alabama, right?

All right.

[BUZZER]

Brittany, that is three strikes.

You're going to have such a different view in a minute.

Oh, gosh.

Here we go.

No.

[SCREAMS]

[APPLAUSE]

[VICTOR LAUGHING]

Ugh.

Yeah.

Your students are looking for you.

All right, here we go.

We'll start with Melissa.

Large bodies of water, go.

Arctic.

The Pacific Ocean.

Yep.

Atlantic Ocean.

Yep.

St. John's River.

It's really big.

It's really big.

It's really big.

Trust me.

When we say large bodies of water,

we mean like, you know, like you said-- the Pacific Ocean,

Atlantic.

So I'm not going to accept that river.

So it's your second strike.

[BUZZER]

All right.

Oh, my god, that looks so uncomfortable.

All right.

Famous parents.

Famous parents.

Go ahead.

Billy Ray Cyrus.

Is that what you mean?

Yeah, he's famous.

Yes, famous parents.

The Kardashian parents?

Yes.

Gwyneth Paltrow.

Yes.

The Huxtables.

What?

[AUDIENCE LAUGHING]

First of all, they weren't real, and second of all, bad timing.

[LAUGHING]

All right, that means--

[BUZZER]

--you're going to go visit Brittany.

All right?

Kids, say goodbye to your teacher, Victor.

Oh, my gosh.

You know what that means.

You are the winner!

[CHEERING]

Number four.

We are going to send you home with all of the supplies you

need for your classroom.

And as soon as I find the other two,

I'm going to give them supplies as well.

Oh, yes.

[CHEERING]

Yes.

All right.

You have to go see your friends.

No.

Yeah, you do.

No.

Don't hold onto that.

OK.

Don't hold on.

[SCREAMING]

You know what?

Let's lower them all down just a tiny bit because I

want to talk to them.

Little tiny, tiny bit.

Yeah.

All right.

Since it is Teacher Appreciation Day,

we do have something for all of you.

You're each getting a $10,000 check from Crayola.

[CHEERING]

Oh, my god.

Oh, my god.

Oh, my god.

Yes.

Oh, my god.

You can post a tribute to your favorite teacher

on social media.

Go to my website to find out how.

Everyone in the audience can shop Crayola

with this $150 Visa gift card.

[CHEERING]

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