The students and staff at Will Rogers Elementary got a big surprise Monday afternoon — a $10,000 surprise.
Dollar General representatives Odeht Robaina, HR manager, and Brian Tinsley, assistant director, both from the Ardmore location, let Principal Leann Brumley know they were coming to visit, but kept the reason a secret until the check was presented.
“We are overwhelmed,” Brumley said. “There are no words to express our excitement. We want to thank Dollar General on behalf of the administration for this wonderful gift.”
“As part of our mission of serving others, Dollar General is excited to support the communities that we call home by donating $10,000 to the Will Rogers Elementary School,” Tinsley said. “This donation is part of the company’s Thanksgiving campaign.”
The company, founded in 1993, has awarded more than $160,000,000 to literacy efforts that have helped more than 10,000,000 individuals.
“We are excited to provide the school with these funds to show our gratitude for their work in the Ardmore community to support literacy and education initiatives,” Tinsley said.
“[Will Rogers] may use these funds to further library and literacy initiatives in the school,” Robaina said. “The Dollar General Literacy Campaign is proud to celebrate 25 years of serving others.”
Brumley said the gift will be used to enhance their literacy programs. “We plan to give some coaching to our teachers and do some student incentives.”
Students, teachers and staff gathered in the cafeteria for the presentation of the check.  “I wanted the teachers to be part of it because I feel like we’re family here. I did not know the amount of it — but I had no idea it would be this amount of money,” Bromley said.
Superintendent Kim Holland said the company has been generous to Ardmore’s schools. “We appreciate their investment in our school and our community,” Holland said.