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Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards more than $250,000 to Texas schools, libraries and literacy Organizations
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Sep 15, 2020
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Goodlettsville, Tennessee – September 14, 2020 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently announced plans to help make a difference during the upcoming academic year with the award of more than $250,000 in literacy grants in Texas. With these funds, educators at schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations across the Texas communities that Dollar General (DG: NYSE) calls home will have additional resources to support new and ongoing youth literacy programs. A complete list of the recipients can be found at www.dgliteracy.org

“This year, many teachers, libraries and literacy organizations are facing new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “Despite the unprecedented obstacles, we admire the tremendous efforts and commitments from educators as they work to provide students with the tools they need to develop their literacy skills. We hope these funds will help support their plans to advance learning and deliver quality instruction in our hometown communities.” 

Grant recipients plan to use awarded funds to promote literacy and learning among new and ongoing youth literacy programs. Texas recipients are listed below and a comprehensive list of grant recipients may be found online at www.dgliteracy.org. The grants awarded to Texas organizations are expected to positively impact the lives of more than 67,000 youth learners. 

Organization Name   City   County  Grant Amount 
Killeen High School Library Killeen Bell $1,000 
Abraham Kazen Middle School San Antonio Bexar $3,000 
Girls, Inc. of San Antonio San Antonio Bexar $4,000 
Muriel Forbes Academy San Antonio Bexar $4,000 
SA Youth, Inc. San Antonio Bexar $2,000 
YMCA of Greater San Antonio San Antonio Bexar $4,000 
Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy Harlingen Cameron $3,000 
Santa Anna ISD Santa Anna Coleman $2,000 
Dalhart ISD Dalhart Dallam $4,000 
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star Irving Dallas $50,000 
Catch Up & Read Dallas Dallas $3,000 
Readers 2 Leaders Dallas Dallas $4,000 
Eva Swan Hodge Elementary Denton Denton $4,000 
Ector County ISD Education Foundation, Inc. Odessa Ector $4,000 
Andress High School El Paso El Paso $4,000 
Parkland Middle School El Paso El Paso $4,000 
Rainbow School LLC  El Paso El Paso $4,000 
Southwest LatinX El Paso El Paso $2,000 
Vista Hills Elementary El Paso El Paso $4,000 
Palmer Elementary Missouri City Fort Bend $4,000 
Friends of Longview Public Library Longview Gregg $2,000 
Alief Independent School District Houston Harris $4,000 
Benignus Elementary Klein Harris $985 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston Houston Harris $4,000 
Charles D. Jessup Sr. Elementary Houston Harris $4,000 
Chinese Community Center, Inc.  Houston Harris $4,000 
Jackson Intermediate Pasadena Harris $4,000 
The Women's Home Houston Harris $4,000 
TWST4Girls Houston Harris $4,000 
Henderson County Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library Athens Henderson $3,000 
Jaime Escalante Middle School Pharr Hidalgo $4,000 
Munoz Elementary Donna Hidalgo $2,000 
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Foundation Edinburg Hidalgo $3,700 
Rancho Brazos Community Centers Granbury Hood $3,898 
Premont Early College Academy  Premont Jim Wells $4,000 
Roosevelt Elementary Lubbock Lubbock $2,000 
Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County Bay City Matagorda $2,000 
Boys & Girls Club of Palacios Palacios Matagorda $4,000 
City of Eagle Pass Public Library Eagle Pass Maverick $4,000 
Antioch Community Church Of Waco - STARS Book Clubs Waco McLennan $2,000 
Hillcrest School Midland Midland $3,858 
Trels Home for Children Conroe Montgomery $4,000 
Boys & Girls Club of Deep East Texas Nacogdoches Nacogdoches $2,926 
Rose Shaw Special Emphasis School Corpus Christi Nueces $4,000 
Orangefield ISD Orangefield Orange $3,000 
Turn Center Amarillo Potter $3,230 
Maverick Boys & Girls Club of Amarillo Amarillo Randall $4,000 
Center Elementary School Center Shelby $2,700 
UT Tyler University Academy at Tyler Tyler Smith $4,000 
Boswell High School Fort Worth Tarrant $2,000 
Throckmorton ISD Throckmorton Throckmorton $4,000 
African American Youth Harvest Foundation Austin Travis $4,000 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin and Travis County, Inc. Austin Travis $4,000 
Grisham Middle School PTA Austin Travis $4,000 
Oak Hill Elementary PTA Austin Travis $4,000 
Students Expanding American Literacy (SEAL) Austin Travis $2,000 
Zachary Scott Theatre Center Austin Travis $10,000 
Burton ISD Burton Washington $4,000 
Boys & Girls Club of El Campo El Campo Wharton $4,000  

 

In 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was created to honor the Company’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate and never completed a formal education. During the past 27 years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $186 million in grants to schools, libraries and organizations to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy.  These funds have helped positively impact more than 12 million people by providing funding and resources to help individuals take their first steps toward learning to read, learning English, or completing their high school equivalency. 

As part of its ongoing commitment to improve individuals’ lives through literacy and education, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to literacy organizations located within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center. Applications for the 2021 Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant cycle will be available at www.dgliteracy.org on January 4, 2021. 

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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 $186 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 12.5 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides financial support to schools, nonprofit organizations and libraries within a 15-mile radius of Dollar General stores and distribution centers. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation or apply for a literacy grant, visit www.dgliteracy.org

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 80 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 16,720 stores in 46 states as of July 31, 2020. In addition to high-quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg's, General Mills, and PepsiCo. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com