During three surprise visits Monday, officials from Dollar General Stores presented $5,000 checks to Luther Public Schools. As part of the chain’s “Days of Giving” campaign, LPS was chosen to receive the $15,000 gift to support literacy and education.
LPS is the only entity chosen by Dollar General in this region that covers most of the state. The interesting part is no one had to apply for the gift, the chain recognized the school’s efforts and acknowledged that the Luther Dollar General store does very well as part of its test market offering expanded groceries and gasoline. The Dollar General moved to its current location in 2016.
“We are thrilled to help,” said Katy Knecht, Dollar General District Manager. Along with Donna Hernandez, Dollar General Regional Director, and Carla Snider, Dollar General Luther Store Manager, the trio presented a $5,000 check to each school during the school day to support literacy and education.
Although surprised and thrilled with the gift, Media Specialist Dena Stephens already knows what the money could be used for in the elementary school. She said third graders are reading “novel units” and some of the available books are out of date or unappealing.
Mrs. Davenport, finishing her first semester as Luther Elementary’s principal, said the gift will be a tremendous help. “Our kids are readers!” she said.
Dr. Rhonda Hlavaty said she looks forward to the decision process with Principal Shawn Meek and her colleague Teri Tulane to decide how to use the gift.
“I am shocked by this generous gift but incredibly grateful and blessed for this financial support to help my students,” said Dr. Hlavaty who teaches English 3, English 4, Pre-AP English 10, AP Language, and AP Literature.
Superintendent Barry Gunn said he can’t say enough about what the gift means to each of the three schools.
“We are proud to have Dollar General as our local partner in education, particularly in the area of literacy. Thank you again to Dollar General for their generosity for the students of Luther,” said Mr. Gunn.