HALIFAX CO., Va. -

Representatives from Dollar General delivered a surprise to Sinai Elementary School in Halifax Wednesday morning in hopes of starting a “reading revolution.”

The gift came in a yellow and black box, and school leaders had no idea what was inside when they opened it in front of a classroom of curious students.

To their surprise, it contained a check for $40,000.

Dollar General provided the funds to support school reading and literacy programs.

The donation is part of Dollar General’s new Reading Revolution program, which seeks to provide schools with additional resources to buy books, computers and other educational supplies to enhance their reading and literacy programs, according to a news release.

Sinai Elementary School was chosen because it is located nearby to the Dollar General distribution center in South Boston.

“By supporting Sinai Elementary School with this gift, we hope to help students become better readers, more successful students and lifelong learners,” said Denine Torr, Dollar General’s director of community initiatives.

Here’s the full press release:

Dollar General Launches a Reading Revolution
with a Surprise $40,000 Donation to Sinai Elementary School in Halifax

Major retailer provides funds to support school reading and literacy programs

Goodlettsville, Tenn.—(December 18, 2013) – Dollar General arrived at Sinai Elementary School in Halifax, Va. this morning ready to start a revolution. Company representatives carried a yellow and black box with a very special gift inside. When school leaders opened the box in front of a classroom of curious students, they were surprised and elated to find a check for $40,000!

“Dollar General is very passionate about its mission of Serving Others and we are all excited to surprise Sinai Elementary School with a donation to further their reading and literacy programs,” said Hank Bruining, Dollar General’s senior human resources manager for the company’s South Boston distribution center. “We hope this donation will help equip the school with the tools and resources it needs to improve the learning experience for students.”

The donation from Dollar General is part of its new Reading Revolution program. The program aims to provide schools with additional resources to purchase books, computers and other educational supplies to enhance their reading and literacy programs.

Sinai Elementary School was chosen due to its close proximity to Dollar General’s distribution center in South Boston. Dollar General plans to make donations to additional schools through its Reading Revolution program in various locations where it has a strong presence.

“By supporting Sinai Elementary School with this gift, we hope to help students become better readers, more successful students and lifelong learners,” said Denine Torr, Dollar General’s director of community initiatives.