The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Hawthorn Elementary a $3,000 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. 

“Mrs. Stacy Pitts has been such a passionate advocate for literacy at Hawthorn.  Her love of reading and determination to make books accessible to our students is contagious.  It was through her initiative that the grant was written and subsequently chosen.  The students and their families will be direct beneficiaries of Mrs. Pitts’ generous heart.”  Todd Shockley, Hawthorn Principal

Hawthorn will use the grant money to enhance 20 classroom libraries with new books.  Students will be able to choose books of particular interest as a wide variety of genres will be purchased.  This grant will go a long way to help Hawthorn create a culture of literacy and instill in students a love of reading.

“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.