JANESVILLE

Jackson Elementary School Principal Kristen Moisson’s holiday week started off with a pleasant surprise.

Dollar General donated $10,000 to the school for its literacy efforts. The donation was announced Tuesday.

The money wasn’t part of a grant school officials applied for, nor was it part of a contest.

It was simply a donation.

“I don’t know why, but we just received it,” Moisson said. “I know we have a responsibility to be very good stewards of this money.”

Last year Dollar General, which has a distribution center in Janesville, donated $10,000 to Hedberg Public Library.

The company also has donated money and space at its distribution center for the school district’s Bags of Hope food drive. The event delivered groceries to more than 350 families last year.

In September 2016, Dollar General donated $2,500 to Madison Elementary School and gave each teacher a $50 gift card.

Moisson said she didn’t know yet how Jackson Elementary would spend the money.

“I want to do something lasting that will help our children and our building as a whole,” she said.

Dollar General has been involved in literacy improvement efforts in all the states where it has stores.

In 1993, the company created the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to honor its co-founder, J.L. Turner.

Turner was a farmer’s son who had only a third-grade education and was functionally illiterate. He had to drop out of school after his father was killed in an accident.

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