The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Webbers Falls High 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. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools, and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.
“Thanks to the grant I received from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, I can buy a classroom set of Kindle tablets for my students to read books in digital format. Today’s youth are absorbed in technology, so reading on an electronic device may be more engaging and stimulating than a traditional print book. The goal is to motivate high school students to read not because they have to, but because they want to.” – Lisa Ward, High School English Teacher, Webbers Falls Schools.
Mrs. Ward wrote the Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant in April of this year. At Webbers Falls High School, she serves as the only high school English teacher, teaching grades 9-12. An important part of her curriculum is teaching language arts standards through novels, and by purchasing Kindle tablets for her students to read on, it is hoped that reading becomes more than just a class requirement. Her grant was entitled “Reading for Success,” as she is a firm believer in the motto “Successful People Read.” Dollar General is proud to support her efforts.
“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.
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P. O. Box 300
Webbers Falls, OK 74470
200 South Stand Waite Blvd.
Webbers Falls, Ok 74470
Phone: (918) 464 2383