El Dorado Schools received a surprise gift recently.

El Dorado Schools received a surprise gift recently.

Superintendent Sue Givens received a letter with a donation from HollyFrontier as a memorial to the students and teachers who lost their lives in Connecticut. Enclosed with the letter was a check for $10,000.

"We were overwhelmed," said Superintendent Sue Givens. "It was incredible.

"At a time when schools are reeling with that vulnerability to have that kind of support from such a big part of our community is really great. I think the vote of confidence that inspires is as important as the monetary value."

When Givens spoke with the president and CEO of HollyFrontier to thank him, Givens said he expressed how said it was it takes something of this magnitude and tragedy to remind people of the importance and significance of the work our schools do each and every day.

"What moving words and what a blessed Christmas gift to each of us; to be reminded that the work of our lives is so very important and appreciated by this major employer and community partner," Givens said.

 She said when she asked representatives of HollyFrontier to come down for a recognition, they declined, saying they wanted the publicity to be on what that money does for the schools.

"As we review our safety procedures and look at our crisis plan, there are always needs there that we would look first at to help in some way," Givens said. "There are any number of needs for safety or counseling of students that would be things we would target that toward.”