September 15, 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 $145,000 in literacy grants in Georgia.  With these funds, educators at 47 schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations across the Georgia communities that Dollar General 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. Georgia recipients are listed below and a comprehensive list of grant recipients may be found online at www.dgliteracy.org. The grants awarded to Georgia organizations are expected to positively impact the lives of more than 85,000 youth learners. 

Organization Name
City
County
 Grant Amount
Atkinson County Middle School
Pearson
Atkinson
$4,000
Statesboro Regional Public Libraries
Statesboro
Bulloch
$2,000
W.E. MOVE! Tutoring Group, Inc.
Statesboro
Bulloch
$2,000
Camden Middle School
Kingsland
Camden
$2,000
LIFT Youth Center Inc.
Ringgold
Catoosa
$3,000
Deep Center, Inc.
Savannah
Chatham
$3,000
Economic Opportunity for Savannah-Chatham County Area, Inc.
Savannah
Chatham
$3,000
Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club
Savannah
Chatham
$4,000
Live Oak Public Libraries
Savannah
Chatham
$3,000
Royce Learning Center
Savannah
Chatham
$3,000
Windsor Forest Elementary School
Savannah
Chatham
$4,000
Fountain Elementary
Forest Park
Clayton
$2,000
Life Circle 72
Clarkdale
Cobb
$2,000
Marietta High School
Marietta
Cobb
$2,000
Parents With A Purpose, Inc.
Atlanta
Cobb
$2,000
Colquitt County Schools
Moultrie
Colquitt
$4,000
ELEVATE Coweta Students
Newnan
Coweta
$2,000
Adorable Minds Academy
Clarkston
DeKalb
$2,000
Creating Our Future, Inc.
Lithonia
DeKalb
$2,000
Emory University
Atlanta
DeKalb
$2,000
HeartBound Ministries
Atlanta
DeKalb
$4,000
Huntley Hills Elementary School PTA
Chamblee
DeKalb
$2,000
International Rescue Committee, Inc.
Atlanta
DeKalb
$2,000
Proskuneo Ministries, Inc.
Clarkston
DeKalb
$2,000
SKIP Georgia Chapter, Inc.
Atlanta
DeKalb
$2,000
Sojourner Truth Observational Study Hometel, Inc.
Lithonia
DeKalb
$2,000
Next Generation Focus, Inc.
Cumming
Forsyth
$2,000
Atlanta Children's Shelter, Inc.
Atlanta
Fulton
$2,000
Cascade Elementary School /APS
Atlanta
Fulton
$3,723
School Days Foundation
Atlanta
Fulton
$2,000
The Ron Clark Academy
Atlanta
Fulton
$2,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier
Gainesville
Hall
$2,000
Hall County Library System
Gainesville
Hall
$4,000
United Way of Hall County, Inc.
Gainesville
Hall
$750
Walnut Creek Elementary School
McDonough
Henry
$3,000
Mountain View Elementary School
Manchester
Meriwether
$2,000
Ferst Readers, Inc.
Madison
Morgan
$25,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley
Columbus
Muscogee
$2,000
Midway Elementary School
Blackshear
Pierce
$2,000
Pierce County High School
Blackshear
Pierce
$2,000
Pulaski County Schools
Hawkinsville
Pulaski
$2,000
Hightower Trail Elementary
Conyers
Rockdale
$4,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of West Georgia
LaGrange
Troup
$4,000
Troup Harris Regional Library System
LaGrange
Troup
$4,000
Wheeler County Elementary School
Alamo
Wheeler
$2,000
City Park School-Dalton Public Schools
Dalton
Whitfield
$4,000
Westwood School-Dalton Public Schools
Dalton
Whitfield
$3,678

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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