Dollar General gives Kanawha Elementary School $10K literacy grant

Photo by Michael Erb Rich Fullmer, left, district manager for Dollar General, presents a $10,000 literacy grant check to Kanawha Elementary School Principal Matt Null and members of the school’s 5th-grader leadership team.

DAVISVILLE — Representatives of area Dollar General stores surprised Kanawha Elementary School staff and students Thursday with a $10,000 grant for literacy programs.

Rich Fullmer, district manager for Dollar General, presented the check to Principal Matt Null and members of the school’s 5th-grader leadership team.

“Dollar General’s mission is serving others, and this is part of that mission,” Fullmer said. “This is a good school and a phenomenal opportunity.”

“It’s a great day to be a Brave,” Null said. “We appreciate Dollar General’s help with our literacy initiatives. This gives us the opportunity to research and implement new programs to benefit our students.”

Rebecca Rector and Tina Henshaw, both of whom manage Dollar General stores located within a few miles of the school, said it was a chance to give back to the community.

“I think this is great,” Rector said. “Many of the teachers and parents shop at our stores. It’s our community school.”

“They’re very deserving of this,” Henshaw said. “The school, its teachers and students, they do a lot for the community.”

Fullmer said the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in honor of Dollar General co-founder J.L. Turner, who in the third grade was forced to drop out of school after his father’s death and was functionally illiterate.