Alden-Hebron Receives Grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Alden-Hebron Elementary School Receives $3000 Grant from the

Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Youth Literacy

[Hebron, IL] – September 13, 2018 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Alden-Hebron Elementary School a $3000 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.

 

“Alden-Hebron Elementary School asks the question, how can we do better tomorrow than we did today?  As staff and students our goal is daily self-improvement.  There is no finish line, when we meet a goal we set another one.” – Tiffany Elswick Principal

 

Currently our Language Arts block revolves around a balanced literacy approach.  Students see reading and writing modeled, share in the reading and writing with the teacher, are coached, practice independently, and are actively engaged in independent learning and language exploration.  This also allows for teachers to differentiate instruction creating proficient lifelong readers.  The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention is an effective small-group instructional tool for students who find reading and writing difficult and supplements classroom literacy teaching. The program helps advance the literacy learning of students not meeting grade-level expectations in reading, meets the needs of struggling readers, and monitors student progress.

 

“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 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.