Three Campuses Awarded Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grants Totaling $11,000
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation
recently awarded Jensen and Jessup Elementary Schools, along with Bondy Intermediate School with grants totaling nearly $11,000 to support youth literacy. The grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across 43 states that Dollar General serves.
Distributed at the beginning of the school year, these grants are aimed at providing teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.
"Literacy is the foundation of academic success,” Olivia Smith-Daugherty, executive dir. of grants said. “I applaud these campuses for their willingness to share the challenges some of their students face with literacy in an effort to implement strategies that alleviate their struggles.”
Jensen Elementary received a $3,136 grant award from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to purchase books that will allow 92 fourth graders to access high-interest novel sets for literacy development, while introducing students to a world different than their own.
Jessup Elementary received a $3,775 grant award to fund a research-based Spanish intervention and assessment literacy kit, Soluciones, for 90 second grade bilingual students.
Bondy Intermediate received $4,000 for the Leveled Literacy Intervention curriculum which will provide instructional remediation in small group settings for at-risk students, English language learners, and students in the special education program. This curriculum will support 100 students.
“By awarding these grants, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to making a meaningful impact in our local communities,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “These grants provide funds to support youth literacy initiatives and educational programs throughout the communities we serve to ensure a successful academic year for students.”
Committed to helping increase the literacy skills of individuals of all ages, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education since its inception in 1993.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.
For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.