ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, representatives with Dollar General Distribution in Ardmore presented Will Rogers Elementary with a check for $10,000, as part of the company's new "Thanks Giving" campaign.
"We are overwhelmed," Will Rogers Principal Leann Brumley said. "There are no words to describe our excitement."
The money comes from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which has given nearly $160 million to schools and organization across the nation to help more than 10 million people learn to read.
Brumley said she knew the school was receiving a check, but did not know the amount, and wanted the whole school in on the excitement.
"I wanted the teachers to be a part of it, rather than just me meet with them, because we're a family here," Brumley said.
Brumley said the money will go toward training teachers on how to better teach reading and math, as well as a program to reward students for reading books.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics. Oklahoma schools spend less than $9000 per student a year, compared to neighboring states like Texas and Kansas, which spend between $9000 and $10,000 a year per student.
Since funds are scarce in Oklahoma, Brumley said every little bit helps.
Brian Tinsley, Assistant Director of the Ardmore Distribution Center, said the company was happy to help meet the need.
"We recognize the struggles that teachers in Oklahoma go through," he said. "For us to be able to present this money to a local school, it really feels good because I know they'll put the money to good use.
Tinsely said the students were just as thrilled as the teachers.
The kids, they were really excited. They probably didn't understand it, but they knew what $10,000 was. So, they were really pleased."