Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded ELEVATE Coweta Students a $2,000 grant to support youth literacy initiatives.
The local grant award is part of more than $4 million in grants awarded this fall to nearly 850 nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools across the 46 states that Dollar General serves.
“We are excited to have been awarded this grant that will allow us to continue making our community stronger by keeping our students engaged, involved and moving toward success,” said Kevin Barbee, ELEVATE executive director.
ELEVATE Coweta Students works directly with students to provide the necessary resources and tools to stay in school, advance and ultimately graduate. Through various school-wide initiatives, group efforts and one-on-one case management the organization is committed to removing the obstacles to student success.
By creating programs that address youth literacy and spending time with students including providing adult volunteer mentors, ECS is able to assist students in their educational journey.
The beginning of a Reading Readiness program at Ruth Hill Elementary is one such program that will benefit young students who are struggling in the area of reading and reading comprehension. With this program and others, we are well on our way to being a major force in the lives of not only Coweta students, but their families and by extension our community at large.
This year, many teachers, libraries and literacy organizations are facing new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member.
“Despite the unprecedented obstacles, we admire the tremendous efforts and commitments from educators as they work to provide students with the tools they need to develop their literacy skills,” Vasos said. “We hope these funds will help support their plans to advance learning and deliver quality instruction in our hometown communities.”
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $186 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 12 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.