WAYNESBORO-- William Perry Elementary School received a $15,000 donation on Wednesday morning. Superintendent Dr. Robin Crowder said it's largest private donation ever in the school system.
A parent, named Jonathan Boroughs, won the sweepstakes after being automatically entered. It was through General Mills and Martin's Food Market. Boroughs often shops at the store off of Tiffany Drive. The The Box Tops for Education sweepstakes is awarding the school 150,000 box-tops. Each box top is the equivalent of 10-cents, so the award came to $15,000.
When the school's principal, Julie Zook, found out, she thought it was a joke at first. She, along with a members of the school board, and Dr. Crowder accepted the check at Martin's.
Boroughs had to pick a school when he won. His daughter is in the fifth grade and he has appreciated the education she's received there.
Principal Zook said the money will be very helpful at a time when school systems are facing budget shortfalls.
"We're always looking to cut back. The funding that comes in has been sometimes less and less," she said."This type of opportunity allows us to bring to life some of those ideas that we have."
She said the school will use the money for physical education.