Star City, Arkansas – September 11, 2018 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Jimmy Brown Elementary a $2,000 grant to support youth literacy. This grant is part of more than $3.4 million the organization awarded to 915 recipients on August 28, 2018. Awarded annually at the beginning of the academic school year inception, youth literacy grants help support teachers, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the 44 states that Dollar General serves.
Jimmy Brown Elementary (JBE) serves students (grades K - 5) in Lincoln County. Over 70% of the students qualify for the free/reduced lunch program at JBE. Our teachers and paraprofessionals work relentlessly to provide a foundation of learning to have a positive impact on the whole child. It is our desire to provide students with the tools they need to become literate, productive citizens. These funds will be spent to provide teachers and interventionists with supplies to increase the use of multisensory instruction in teaching students to read and spell. Research tells us that different students use different learning modalities. The more senses we activate when learning, the stronger the connection is made in our brains.
“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to be an ardent supporter of schools, libraries and nonprofit literacy organizations,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “Dollar General’s mission is Serving Others, and this commitment comes to life through Dollar General Literacy Foundation grants that will impact thousands of students across the country. Since its inception 25 years ago, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has partnered with thousands of organizations focused on advancing the goals of literacy and education.”
To date, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $159 million in grants to schools, libraries and literacy organizations as part of its commitment to increase literacy skills for individuals of all ages.
Dollar General’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, was functionally illiterate and never completed a formal education. In 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in his honor and has since helped more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test. Customers may receive a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services by clicking here or by picking up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card available at the cash register of every Dollar General store, which can be mailed in for information.
About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $159 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
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