The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Runn Elementary and A.P. Solis Middle School Libraries a $4,000 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. 

A.P. Solis school administrators, librarian, teachers and staff as a whole understand that designing an effective plan to strengthen literacy is essential for schools who place priority on the learning needs of their students.  All of the students will have access to the books that will be purchased with this generous grant for project: Success for Struggling Readers with Graphic Novels.  The increase of the graphic novel section will allow for differentiated instruction with low level readers.  In instruction the graphic novels will assist in supporting students to reach the level of comprehension needed for rigorous text.  The expected outcomes are that students will increase their ability to make connections with literary elements that are essential for end of year assessments.

This Program: Success for Readers with Graphic Novels has the power to promote positive feelings and attitudes towards reading as well as increased self-efficacy, which in turn promote academic achievement. With the growing popularity of graphic novels the generous grant from Dollar General provides financial support to begin creating an extensive collection of graphic novels for the A.P. Solis Library. Their growing popularity of these books and the ease in which they lend themselves to pedagogical strategies makes them an incredible tool for any educator.        

 Erica Esqueda, A.P. Solis MS Media Specialist 

Runn Elementary has received a $4,000.00 Youth Literacy Grant from Dollar General which will provide funding to purchase both fiction and nonfiction library books at various reading levels, in order to promote literacy throughout the campus. This is the third year that Gloria Sanchez, the librarian at Runn Elementary, has been a recipient of the Dollar General grant.

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 wishing a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.

By awarding these grants, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to making a meaningful impact in our local communities.  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.

Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s Chief Executive Officer

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.  

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