ASHFORD Ala.(WTVY)- Faculty and students pilled in the auditorium for a surprise but little did they know they would be receiving a check for $10,000.
Ashford Elementary School Principal Denise Kohen said, "I wasn't anticipating this type of funds so it's going to be a challenge to figure out we have so many opportunities to grow and enhance our literacy program.
This marks the twenty-fifth year for Dollar General's literacy program which targets schools that need the money to make a difference in student's lives.
Dollar General District Manager Molly Gomillion said, “We chose communities that we serve randomly but based on collections that we've collected through the store as well as the customers and the community's needs.”
The money will be used to help upgrade technology for the students.
"For chrome books or more of the reading books electronic versions of our library books so right now I’m a very visual person I love the books the smell of the books but I would like to see more of the electronics because that’s what the kids are prone to expect. "
For every dollar spent at the Ashford dollar general, it goes back into the literacy program which is a win-win for the city of Ashford.