Charlie Donahue receives applause from his classmates at the end of the school day Friday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School before leaving to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Donahue was given a gift bag that contained cards of encouragement written by his classmates, a jump rope (a reference to the movie, "Akeelah and the Bee," in which the film's main character uses a jump rope to help her spell words) and money that was raised by the purchase of Charlie Donahue-themed pins. Students were allowed to wear jeans and hats for the day, as opposed to uniforms, by paying one dollar. Friday was designated "Charlie Day." Students also applauded and chanted "Charlie" during the sendoff. "This was just incredible," Donahue said.