The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Ware County Middle School a $2,000 grant to support youth literacy. This local grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. These grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.
“We are delighted to have Dollar General as one of our esteemed supporters. We greatly appreciate their award grant which will be used to purchase high interest books for our reluctant readers,” noted Ware County Middle School Principal Dr. Darlene Tanner.
Ware Middle's Instructional Coach, Mrs. Zena Lloyd, describes how the grant will support the school's literacy initiative: "Our daily DEAR program (Drop Everything and Read) provides students with much more than just a sit-there-and-read experience. It gives the teacher a structured time to touch base with each student over a period of time, assess progress, and target instruction. Even more importantly, it gives students time to read what they want to read, share what they've read, and receive the support they need for further reading explorations and reflections. Daily reading sessions last twenty minutes and are followed by a reflection time in which students can write in their reading response logs."
“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.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test. At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers may pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services.
Pictured: Students in Ms. Hallie Beverly's second period ELA class will benefit directly from Dollar General's generosity.