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 (DG: NYSE) calls home will have additional resources to support new and ongoing youth literacy programs. Savannah-Chatham's Windsor Forest Elementary School is one of the recipients chosen and will receive $4,000.
“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."
“One of our school improvement goals is to increase the percentage of students scoring proficiency or higher in Reading based on GMAS and MAP assessment data," says Brandi Brown, Interim Principal of Windsor Forest Elementary. “We will be implementing the Wildcat Reading and Writing Lab. The majority of the grant will be used to purchase Chromebooks for classroom Reading lab stations. We are also preparing for STEM/STEAM certification, which requires students to maintain a writing journal. A portion of the grant will be used to purchase composition books for students to record their writing. This grant will also be used to purchase individual boxes of school supplies for students to use for instruction, with hopes of limiting cross contamination as we prepare for in-person learning. It is our hope that these initiatives will help to improve literacy at Windsor Forest Elementary."
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.