UPDATE: Dollar General Donates $40,000 To Allen County School

"Take a look at what it is." said Dollar General Distribution Center Director, Michael Gordon.
"Ohh wow! It's $40,000!" said Principal Melissa Towery.

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- As teachers and students at Bazzell Middle School in Scottsville gathered in the library, they knew a surprise awaited them but they weren't sure what. After a few tense moments of anticipation, officials from Dollar General revealed the surprise they had been keeping secret for a while.

"Take a look at what it is." said Dollar General Distribution Center Director, Michael Gordon.

"Ohh wow! It's $40,000!" said Principal Melissa Towery.

That's right! The company donated $40,000 to the school to help fund its literacy program, leaving some in tears and just as many speechless.

"I never expected anything in that amount. This is just a tremendous amount we'll be able to use here for purchasing mobile labs and technology in our class room, as well as all kinds of resources throughout the building." said Towery as she fought back tears.

"I already had kids asking for a series of books and laptops, iPads, and eBooks. We don't have any eBooks here. They are really pumped and excited." added Bazzell Middle School Media Specialist, Cynthia Stovall.

That enthusiasm for new technology is exactly why Dollar General feels like the donation is definitely money well spent.

"To expose our community to that technology, and to learn at a faster pace and to fit better into the marketplace, as well as the workplace, is exciting." commented Gordon.

The company said the event was extra meaningful since the school is located in the community where J.L. Turner helped start it all.

"He helped create a culture of helping others that is very strong in our company still. We want all the individuals in this community to have every opportunity that he had." said Dollar General Director of Community Initiatives, Denine Torr.

Members of the seventh and eighth grade student council, along with a few teachers, were lucky enough to sit in on the presentation. All that was left to do was, tell the rest of the school.

"It's always good to have good news and pass it on to you today. Wow!" exclaimed Principal Towery over the school intercom.

SCOTTSVILLE, KY. (WBKO) -- The library at James Bazzell Middle School in Scottsville is named each year after the student with the most AR points. It's just one testament to how reading is put in the forefront of education at the school.

Thursday that area got a boost in a big way. Dollar General donated a $40,000 check to the school in a surprise ceremony.

Principal Melissa Towery was the first to see the check and had nothing to say but "Wow!" for nearly 5 minutes. She and other faculty members were brought to tears as the size of the donation started to set in.

Before too much celebration could begin, students from the 7 & 8 grade students councils began to swarm their teachers requesting ways the money could be spent.

It was a happy day at the middle school, and teachers couldn't have been more thankful to have a place like Dollar General that invests in the community.

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