Missy Elliott donates $25,000 to Portsmouth high school ahead of SITW

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth native Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott is scheduled to perform at Pharrell’s Something In the Water festival this weekend.

But before hitting the festival stage at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, the rap superstar made a quick pitstop to donate $25,000 to the students at Woodrow Wilson High School.

It was a homecoming for Elliott, who graduated from the Portsmouth Public Schools system in the 90s when Woodrow Wilson High School was still known as Manor High School, according to school spokeswoman Lauren Nolasco. On Thursday Elliott told the administration about her plan to stop by the high school and make a donation to the 1,400 students who attend it, Nolasco said.

While there, Elliott toured the high school’s campus to see how it has changed since the 90s, met with students and staff, and made the $25,000 donation.

She told Woodrow Wilson High School’s administration to use it for whatever they may need — so long as the funds serve that particular school, Nolasco said.

“That’s a nice decision for the school to make,” Nolasco said, adding that administrators have not yet decided how they will spend the money.

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