The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Bell Elementary Special Education Department 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.
“We are extremely appreciative that we were selected as a grant recipient. This grant will definitely support our ongoing literacy efforts,” said Bell Elementary Principal Derrick Harris.
“By being a recipient of the grant, we will be able to purchase additional leveled readers to support our students’ various learning levels/needs. These resources are vital in order to meet the needs of our students.,” said Special Education Teacher Mary Wright. “We are very grateful for the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and their support of our school.”
“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.
Special Education Teacher Mary Wright shows off books purchased with grant at Bell Elementary