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Northwest Shoals literacy programs get boost from Dollar General

MUSCLE SHOALS – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Northwest Shoals Community College $18,000 in grants to support adult and family literacy. 

NWSCC received a $10,000 Adult Literacy grant and an $8,000 Family Literacy grant.

The Adult Literacy Grant is geared toward improving awareness and services for Hispanic residents in NWSCC communities.

The Family Literacy grant supports early childhood students and their parents through a personalized Literacy and Legacy book program. Each participating student and their family will receive a personalized book about their family at the completion of the program.

According to Adult Education Executive Director Tara Branscome, approximately 20% of the 1,500 students in the College’s Adult Education Program are English-language learners.

“Reading and improving literacy skills is at the core of our program,” Branscome said. “We are so grateful to Dollar General and the tremendous impact these funds will make on our program and the community.”

The grants are part of the Foundation’s more than $10.6 million donated to support adult, family, and summer literacy programs in the 48 states in which Dollar General operates.

“We believe individuals of all ages deserve access to a quality education, and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is thrilled to support thousands of learners across the country as they enrich their lives with literacy and education,” said Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. 

“We hope these funds provide resources needed to positively change students’ lives, helping them to build a brighter future for themselves and generations to come.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports organizations that increase access to educational programming, stimulate, and enable innovation in the delivery of educational instruction and inspire a love of reading.

Each year, DGLF awards funds to nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General Store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.

The foundation also offers a student referral program for individuals interested in learning how to read, speak English, or prepare for the high school equivalency exam.

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