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Huguley Elementary receives a $40,000 literacy grant

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A Chambers county elementary school got a welcome surprise this afternoon from Dollar General. This rural elementary school was presented with a $40,000 literacy grant to help provide books and new technology for their media center.

You could feel the excitement in the room and Chambers County Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge wiped away tears after the announcement.

"Knowing that our budget has been cut by 22% in the last 5 years and to walk in today and Dollar General says here's a check for $40,000 it makes all of that negative go away," said Dr. Hodge.

Out of 11,000 Dollar General stores, the one across the street from Huguley Elementary raises some of the most money for literacy across the county.

"We understand the school teachers are in our stores everyday and so it makes sense to give back to the school," said Greg Sparks the Executive Vice President of Store Operations for Dollar General.

Media Specialist Joy Power said they will be able to expand book choices for students especially for the advanced reader program.

"The AR section, I could double triple or more. So they'll have more library books to read and more AR points," said Power.

Principal Benji Mitchum said he is excited about all of the positive things the school can do with the money for what he calls a vital core subject.

"Reading is the most important and with it being the most important we'll be able to further the education of our kids and help them in all the other areas as well," said Mitchum.

The principal said the library services the entire community and the grant money will have a positive impact for several years.

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