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Surprise gift from Dollar General shocks Wingate Elementary staff

Wingate Elementary Principal Dr. Mike Henderson, center, and Wingate’s Media Specialist Denise Helms are stunned by the generosity of school partner Dollar General who presented the school a check for $40,000 for its literacy program. Pictured, from left, are Dollar General’s Senior Director of Corporate Communications Dan MacDonald, MS. Helms, Dr. Henderson, Dollar General’s Director of Community Initiatives Denine Torr, and Dollar General’s Wingate Store Manager Diane Cammarata.

Wingate Elementary School has a very special literacy partner – Dollar General, who recently provided the school with a $40,000 “special surprise.”

“The wonderful donation stemmed from the dedication of Wingate’s local Dollar General store and the store manager, Diane Cammarata,” said school principal Dr. Mike Henderson.

The Oct. 11, 2013, presentation, which was given to support the school’s literacy program, was presented before first-grade students in Caitlin Wood Wetzel’s class, school faculty, and parents from the Wingate Parent Teacher Organization.

As Dr. Henderson unwrapped the gift, shock rippled throughout the Wingate media center.

“While we have had an ongoing partnership with Dollar General, we were utterly amazed at the amount of the donation to our school,” Dr. Henderson said. “We are blessed to have such strong advocates for our school in Dollar General and Ms. Cammarata.”

Henderson added that Ms. Cammarata “tirelessly advocates for support of literacy programs and Wingate Elementary School.”

Written by: Wingate Elementary Principal Dr. Mike Henderson
Posted: Nov 18, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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