Rowan County – 9/9/2016 —The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Communities In Schools of Rowan County 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.
Communities In Schools of Rowan County is very excited to be a recipient of this grant from Dollar General. This will help us continue to provide our tutoring programs in the 7 schools that we currently have staff in, which include, Hanford Dole, Isenberg, Koontz, North Rowan and Overton Elementary and Knox and North Rowan Middle School.
Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization. Independent research shows that the Communities In Schools Model works. CIS places a dedicated school-based coordinator at each participating partner school, and in this pivotal role the coordinator works together with school staff to identify students at risk of not graduating and to implement strategies to address the educational needs of those students. We provide resources obtained through our relationships with local business partners, churches, social service agencies, and parent and volunteer organizations. The key to CIS’s effectiveness is its integrated student services model, which provides a comprehensive range of community-based interventions that can help each student reach his or her own potential.
“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.
About Communities In Schools of Rowan County
Communities In Schools of Rowan County is a proud member agency of United Way of Rowan County. Communities In Schools is part of the leading dropout prevention organization in the nation, working collaboratively with nearly 400 schools across North Carolina to change the lives of thousands of students across our state each year. Based directly inside schools, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student’s specific needs, creating an environment where students can learn, thrive and succeed. Learn more at www.cisrowan.org.
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 as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 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 low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 13,000 stores in 43 states as of August 13, 2016. 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. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.