Norcross, Georgia – September 13, 2018 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence a $3,500 grant to support youth literacy. This grant is part of more than $3.4 million the organization awarded to 915 recipients on August 28, 2018. Awarded annually at the beginning of the academic school year inception, youth literacy grants help support teachers, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the 44 states that Dollar General serves.
The Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence is honored to have received this grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation,” said Sandy Greenstein, co-president of NHSFE. “The funds will be used to purchase a Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy program for the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Department. This reading program has already been adopted at Norcross, and has boosted engagement of ESOL students by providing high interest books at the appropriate reading level. We expect that 90% of these students will increase their reading level by at least 2 grade levels.”
“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to be an ardent supporter of schools, libraries and nonprofit literacy organizations,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “Dollar General’s mission is Serving Others, and this commitment comes to life through Dollar General Literacy Foundation grants that will impact thousands of students across the country. Since its inception 25 years ago, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has partnered with thousands of organizations focused on advancing the goals of literacy and education.”
To date, the Dollar General Literacy
Foundation has awarded more than $159 million in grants to schools,
libraries and literacy organizations as part of its commitment to
increase literacy skills for individuals of all ages.
Dollar General’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, was functionally illiterate and never completed a formal education. In 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in his honor and has since helped more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test. Customers may receive a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services by clicking here or by picking up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card available at the cash register of every Dollar General store, which can be mailed in for information.
About Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence
The Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence (NHSFE) is a 501(c)3 non-profit established in 2001. NHSFE raises funds to help bridge the gap between state and county funding, and the resources that are required to provide the level of excellence in education that we desire for all students at Norcross High School in academics, athletics and arts. We believe that all students are capable of being successful and that through community involvement and support, as well as working in partnership with the school, we can positively impact all students.
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 $159 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.