Texas girl who had perfect attendance pencil stolen appears on 'Ellen'

Taylor James, 7, appears on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," where the host replaced her pencil for perfect attendance. (The Ellen DeGeneres Show)

PEARLAND. Texas (KHOU) — A young girl from Pearland appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Wednesday after a video of her talking about how a classmate stole her perfect attendance pencil went viral.

Taylor James' mom posted on Instagram a video of the 7-year-old talking about how a classmate took a pencil she earned for perfect attendance. She explains how a classmate took the pencil after she left it in a box to be sharpened, but she eventually got it back.

Taylor told the story to Ellen on the show Wednesday, and much to her surprise, Ellen gifted her with a giant pencil so none of her classmates could take it. Ellen also gave Taylor's entire class with new school supplies.

To keep up with her perfect attendance, Ellen gave Taylor a signed letter to excuse the 7-year-old’s absence from school. Taylor told Ellen she wants to be a science teacher when she grows up, and she was then surprised with a $10,000 scholarship from Shutterfly.

Pencil or not, congratulations on your perfect attendance, Taylor!

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