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On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Dollar General surprised students, teachers, and administrators at Jonesboro Elementary School, Charles F. Hard Elementary School, Abrams Elementary School, Greenwood Elementary School, and Westhills Elementary School with a $10,000 check as part of the company’s Reading Revolution program. The school administration teams and teachers did not know about the surprise. 

The $50,000 total donation will go toward the schools’ libraries and literacy programs. Administrators may use the Reading Revolution funds at their discretion to best achieve this goal by purchasing books, technology programs, computers, and/or other educational supplies or resources. Dollar General community outreach centers around literacy and education.

The checks were presented at the Bessemer Board of Education on Tuesday. On hand to receive the checks were Angela Bedgood, Principal of Greenwood, Dr. Armentrice Robinson, Principal of CF Hard, Dr. Lakyesha George-Boles, Principal of Westhills, Adrienne Evans, Assistant Principal of Jonesboro, and Mildred Posey, Principal of Abrams, was detained at another event, so Bessemer Superintendent Dr. Autumm Jeter accepted the check on her behalf. On hand representing Dollar General presenting the checks were Senior HR Manager Cedric Kenner, HR Representative Lakesha Iverson, and Warehouse Supervisor Dwight Webb. 

J.L. Turner was functionally illiterate with only a third-grade education. His father died in an accident, and JL quit school so he could work on the family farm and help provide for his family. With hard work and determination, J.L. Turner went on to co-found Dollar General. In 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in his honor. The Dollar General Literacy program has awarded more than $186 million in grants to literacy organizations that have helped more than 12 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency, or learn English. For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Program, visit www.dgliteracy.org