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Dollar General continues partnership with HCPS

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Dollar General announced on Thursday that it is partnering with Halifax County Public Schools to give three books to every child in all the County's elementary schools for the next three years. The donation from Dollar General amounts to a total of $55,440 with 8,400 books to be given to 2,800 students each year. / September 03, 2010
Officials with the Dollar General Company on Thursday morning announced that they will continue their partnership with Halifax County Public Schools and the Halifax County Public Schools Education Foundation by giving each child in the County’s elementary schools three books each year for the next three years.

The company’s donation means that 8,400 books will be given to the 2,800 elementary students each year for a total of 25,200 books over the next three years, valued at a total of $55,440.

“This is part of a three year national partnership with Reading is Fundamental (RIF) to provide books to children in ten states where Dollar General has distribution centers and corporate offices. This will place books in the homes of children and help encourage them to love reading,” said Aubrey Davidson, Executive Director of the schools Education Foundation.

Hank Bruining, Human Resources director for the local Dollar General Distribution Center, said literacy has been a long standing charity of choice supported by his company. “Our founder, Carl Turner, never had the opportunity to learn to read when he started the company back in 1937 which has now expanded to some 38 states. He wanted to make sure that others were not handicapped by not being able to read.”

Mike Dunn, senior director of distributions for Dollar General, added that donations to the program are made in the company’s stores each day by customers and the ability to read is one of the building blocks which helps the company to be what it is today.

Foundation Chairman Logan Young thanked the men for their participation. “We appreciate the fact that Dollar General is carrying on Mr. Turner’s legacy. This helps our children to expand their horizons.”

“No gift you can give is more important to our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Paul Stapleton. “These special gifts mean that children are building their own personal libraries and we say thanks to you.”

School Board Chairman Walter Potts said he doesn’t believe it will be easy to realize the tremendous impact the ownership of the books will mean to the students, since many of the students have access to no books of their own.

“Watching the children find the books they most want is a wonderful experience,” said Linda Owens, Supervisor of Elementary Education and Joe Griles, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction added, “This provides a level playing field for our students. They think to themselves, it’s mine and I can take it home.”

“Books in the home are most important for our students,” said Title I Director Valdiva Marshall. “It just brings tears to my ears to watch their excitement as they chose their books,” Davidson added.

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