(May 20, 2014 — Orlando, Fla.)
Literacy League Receives Two $10K Grants From Dollar General Foundation
The Adult Literacy League (ALL), which serves adults and pre-school children throughout the Orlando area, has received two $10,000 grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the private charitable arm of Dollar General, Inc.
One grant will help support ALL’s pre-school “Read to Me! Book Club,” while the other $10,000 will fund its “Making the Leap to College and Career” program.
The grant money will be used for books and learning materials as part of ALL’s innovative and integrated approach to breaking the inter-generational cycle of low literacy and poverty.
“Our students and families are so grateful,” says ALL Executive Director Joyce Whidden. “Forty percent of Orange County children start school without the pre-literacy skills they need to succeed. And students with at least some post-secondary education earn approximately $473,000 more than their less-educated peers over the course of a lifetime.”
Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools that have helped more than 5.4 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency test, or learn the English language.
The full list of grantees is available at dgliteracy.org.
The Adult Literacy League provides adult basic education and English language literacy through one-to-one tutoring and class instruction. ALL is currently serving 1,000+ adult learners on a weekly basis. In addition, ALL serves the early literacy needs of more than 600low-income, pre-school children through its Family Literacy Program called Read to Me!