By: Dorothy Sherman
LANETT, AL - It's a gift to Huguley Elementary. A box given to the school's principal by Dollar General, inside a $40,000 grant. A surprise not even the principal knew about.
"Dollar General contacted me a few weeks ago, and said that they had a surprise for us and they would like to come present it to us. We kind of communicated through email once or twice," Benji Mitchum, Principal Huguley Elementary, said.
The check drew in emotions from school officials.
"It's just overwhelming to know that money is there" Dr. Kelli Dodge, Chambers County Schools Superintendent, said.
"I didn't know if I saw the right amount of zeros on the check to be honest with you," Mitchum said.
The school received the grant with the community's help along with the Dollar General sitting right across the street from the school. The store is among the top five Dollar Generals in country for raising money for literacy every year.
"Why we choose this school, We have a 11,000 stores across the country and this store is one of the best stores in the entire country for raising money. We're all about serving others and serving our community. So, we thought it made sense to go to one of the best stores and the elementary school right across the street," Greg Sparks, Executive Vice President of store operations for Dollar General, said.
The grant will leave a lasting impression on not just the school, but the community as well, as it will be used for the school's library.
"It impacts from our pre-k students all the way through our 5th grade, and not only that but our parents, our community. We have a very active P.T.O., very active parents at our school. So, they'll be able to access the library for different things like that as well," Mitchum said.
The library will benefit greatly from this check. Especially since the school has not received library enhancement money in six years.
"The only funds I have for the library is, I have a book fair every year. That raises money. I usually have $2,000 for books. And our local Kiwanis Club gives me $300 and that's it. So, this will help" Joy Power, Huguley's Media Specialist said.
Power said the money will get the library new books, iPads, and computers.
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