"Each fall, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation proudly provides financial support to schools, libraries and nonprofit literacy organizations that help students and teachers as they head back to the classroom,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “Whether it is providing books and technology or enhancing reading programs, today’s grants will help students reach their full potential through targeted literacy initiatives that impact the communities Dollar General serves.”
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to organizations located within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to further adult, summer, family and youth literacy and education initiatives in the communities that Dollar General calls home.
J.L. Turner was functionally illiterate with only a third-grade education. His father died in an accident, and J.L. quit school so he could work on the family farm and help provide for his family. With hard work and determination, J.L. Turner went on to co-found Dollar General.
In 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in his honor. We understand that life can present many obstacles, but we also know it’s never too late to learn! Like J.L., so many others desire to better their lives and the lives of their families and it’s in this spirit that the foundation has flourished.
To date, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $172 million in grants to schools, libraries and literacy organizations in the 44 states Dollar General serves as part of its commitment to improve literacy skills for individuals of all ages.
Over the past 26 years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has directly impacted more than 11 million individuals’ lives by investing in programs that have helped individuals take their first steps toward learning to read, learning English, or completing their high school equivalency.
Santa Anna ISD is grateful to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for a grant to enhance the school library by adding additional print books as well as digital books and other technology to our circulation.
To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation or apply for a literacy grant, visit www.dgliteracy.org.