Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) Receives $2,426 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Youth Literacy
Southport, NC – September 11, 2018 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded CIS a $2,436 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.
“Being able to apply for a grant from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation means our Action for Success Programs at Supply Elementary and Waccamaw School will be able to provided enhanced Reading support to students struggling to read at grade level. The grant will fund the purchase of the Wilson Reading Program, along with independent reading books, for elementary students. This will complement and expand upon CIS tutoring support with the goal of increasing reading skills and encouraging students to pursue reading as a positive leisure activity outside of the classroom,” said Bonnie Jordan, CIS Executive Director.
Communities In Schools utilizes Success Coaches who work as embedded members of the school team at an assigned school, providing additional support outside of the classroom for students who struggle to keep pace in Reading and other academic areas. Working with an individualized Student Support Plan, each student receives services to support his or her individual needs and goals. The Success Coach, along with community volunteers, works with students one-on-one and in small groups to help grow Reading fluency and comprehension. Reading intervention is one element of support CIS provides as part of an overall intervention plan that can also address issues such as truancy, behavior, and other coursework needs.
“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 Communities In Schools of Brunswick County:
Communities In Schools of Brunswick County is an accredited affiliate of the national Communities In Schools network, operating programs proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. Working closely with schools and partner organizations, Communities In Schools of Brunswick County uses evidence-based programs to serve students and their families. Based directly inside schools throughout the county, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical educational and community-based resources working hand-in-hand with schools, communities and families to identify their unique needs and surround students with a caring network of support. Learn more about Communities In Schools of Brunswick County at www.cisbrunswick.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. 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.