Twenty organizations to use funds to improve literacy and basic
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation (DGLF) awarded $100,000 in grants
to 20 education and literacy-based organizations in Orangeburg, S.C.
"Our employees and neighbors in Orangeburg are the reason why we are
here today," said Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO. "Their generosity is
a gift to all of us, and we are honored to share it with the community."
In 2010, customers of the company's four Orangeburg stores collectively
donated more than $59,000 to the DGLF by contributing spare change to
cash cubes located at the checkouts of each store. The store located at
1730 Russell Street was the No. 1 fundraising store in the company in
"Dollar General is committed to serving others by improving the lives of
our customers and our neighbors," said Kathleen Guion, division
president of store operations and store development. "Orangeburg has
helped empower others in the community through the gift of literacy. We
are proud to help our Orangeburg neighbors achieve their dreams of a
brighter future by supporting these organizations."
To recognize employees' efforts and the community's generosity, the DGLF
awarded $100,000 in grants today to 17 schools and three nonprofit
organizations. The schools receiving individual checks of $5,000 are:
Brookdale Elementary School, Marshall Elementary School, Mellichamp
Elementary School, Sheridan Elementary School, Whittaker Elementary
School, Robert E. Howard Middle School, William J. Clark Middle School,
Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Nelson C. Nix Education Center, The
Technology Center, Edisto Elementary School, Edisto Primary School,
Branchville Lockett Elementary School, Carver-Edisto Middle School,
Branchville/Lockett High School, Edisto High School and Rivelon
Elementary. Literacy-based organizations Orangeburg County Adult
Literacy Council, Orangeburg/Calhoun Adult Education and the Orangeburg
County Library also received $5,000 checks.
The DGLF supports schools, libraries and literacy-based nonprofit
organizations throughout Dollar General's 35-state market. The
foundation is currently accepting applications for back-to-school
literacy grants and youth literacy grants at www.dgliteracy.org.
About Dollar General
Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 9,200
neighborhood stores in 35 states. Dollar General stores provide
convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items
such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as
well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low
prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy
and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy
Foundation has awarded more than $52 million in grants to nonprofit
organizations, helping more than 2.9 million individuals take their
first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English
proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
Tawn Earnest, 615-855-5209
Source: Dollar General
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