Partners in Education Receives $3,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Youth Literacy

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 by: Michelle Klinger | Category: Community Interest

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Partners in Education a $3,000 grant to support youth literacy via the Mentors in Toledo Schools program. 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. “Partners in Education is thrilled to be a recipient of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant. This funding allows us to provide critical take-home reading materials to the hundreds of students who participate in our Mentors in Toledo Schools program,” said Michelle Klinger, Executive Director at Partners in Education. Mentors in Toledo Schools is a literacy program that provides one-to-one tutoring with volunteer mentor/tutors to Toledo Public School students in Kindergarten through Grade 3 at DeVeaux, Garfield, Larchmont, Marshall, Old Orchard and Sherman schools, and we will be starting a new program soon at Queen of Apostles School, a Central City Ministries School of the Toledo Diocese. Schools participating in the program have seen their K-3 Literacy Report Card scores increase since introducing the program. “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.

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Organization Address: 1500 N. Superior St., Suite 306, Toledo, OH, 43604