XENIA — In its 20 years of existence, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has helped a lot of students learn to read and read better. But there probably hasn’t been as much surprise to a received grant as there was Thursday at Cox Elementary here.
“This is an amazing gift,” Cox principal Lisa Peterson said. The check she held read $40,000.
“One of our big focuses is literacy,” Rodney Broyles of Dollar General said. “This is one of the areas where we get the largest donations and we want to give back to our communities.”
Instead of just handing Peterson the check, however, Broyles made it more in the holiday spirit — in a wrapped gift with ribbons and a bow. Once Peterson got into the package, she gasped. “Oh, my goodness…”
Brenda Shelton, the literacy teacher at Cox, thanked Dollar General for the generous gift.
“The students at Cox will benefit from this for years to come,” she said.
Broyles said the grant is to assist the school in the purchase of books or any other item needed to advance literacy in the school.
Dollar General’s Literacy Foundation offers grants for literacy programs for adults, families and youth as well as summer reading programs and “Beyond Words” grants that go to school libraries recovering from major disasters.
One observer stated “When they ask if I want to donate to literacy (when shopping at Dollar General), I guess they mean it.”
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