Store surprises Westhills with $10K donation

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Westhills Elementary School Principal Rachel Perryman and Dollar General Market District Manager Adam Stranahan pose after the announcement of a $10,000 donation to the school’s library and literacy programs on Friday.
Tribune photo by Scott Pearson

The holiday season is supposed to come with gifts and surprises and Westhills Elementary School received both on Friday.

Dollar General visited the school as part of their “Thanks Giving” campaign of community support in areas that the company serves.

When Dollar General District Manager Adam Stranahan announced a $10,000 donation to Westhills for library and literacy programs, the gym sounded like Christmas morning at a house of very good children.

“This is the largest donation I’ve ever received from a company in the six years I’ve been an administrator,” Westhills Principal Rachel Perryman told the students assembled for the presentation, after she had caught her breath.

Dollar General had kept the amount of the donation a very close secret from everyone at the school until the announcement.

It took a minute to register with students and faculty alike.

The school knew that Dollar General was coming but, afterward, Perryman said she thought they would talk about literacy with the students and present $500 or so to the school.

Perryman had to catch her breath afterwards.

When Stranahan said the word “library,” Westhills librarian Sara McAdams pumped her arms in the air and let out a cheer.

The shock was still apparent when Perryman tried to think of the different ways the school could use the funds.

She said that the library could certainly use new books and materials and that the school had several literacy and reading programs where the donation could make a difference.

Dollar General has focused on literacy and education issues, ranging from elementary children to adult learners, in their community outreach programs for years.

The company’s Literacy Foundation has distributed more than $127 million in grants since its founding in 1993.