Dollar General Donates $100,000 to Sumner County Schools to Enhance Reading and Literacy Programs


Dollar General recently surprised two Sumner County Schools with a donation of $50,000 each to Benny Bills Elementary School in Gallatin, and J.W. Wiseman Elementary School in Portland. The donations provide schools with additional funding to purchase books, technology programs, computers and other educational tools to enhance their reading and literacy programs.

Dollar General Executive Vice President of Store Operations, Steve Sunderland, helped surprise Benny Bills Elementary in Gallatin and also read to students before presenting the donation.

“It was an absolute honor to spend time reading to Benny Bills Elementary students and to surprise the school with a Reading Revolution donation,” shared Sunderland. “Dollar General remains committed to being a good neighbor in our hometown communities through our mission of Serving Others, providing increased access to affordable essentials and charitable donations that support literacy and education. We hope these funds will make a positive and lasting impact on the Benny Bills school community.”

The company’s Reading Revolution program began in 2013 and has awarded approximately $4.2 million to 116 schools during the past nine years.

“We are thankful for the support we received from Dollar General. This donation will make a significant impact on our ability to equip our students with the skills and knowledge our children need to be successful,” Sumner County Schools Director Dr. Del Phillips said. “Great teachers, parents and community partners lay the foundation for success. We are grateful for the generosity and vision of Dollar General.”


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