Joan Macy School (JMS) in La Verne has received a $2,000 Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to support its literacy programs. Thanks to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s support of the school’s Literacy Project, JMS can now purchase literacy hardware and software that can be adapted to students of all learning levels, including those with learning disabilities and English as a Second Language (ESL) learners. Additionally, JMS will be able to train faculty involved in the project to use this equipment.
Joan Macy School, located on the grounds of David & Margaret Youth and Family Services, is a specialized, non-public school for at-risk students grades 1 through 12, placed by their local school districts. Due to traumatic life events and learning challenges, all Joan Macy School (JMS) students are far below grade level upon enrollment. “This literacy grant will promote the love of reading by making high-interest books more accessible, as well as provide additional multimedia access to diagnostic software,” says JMS Education Director Maricela Duran.
“Youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are awarded at the beginning of the academic year to help make a distinct impact on the communities we serve by supporting programs that improve education and enhance literacy,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others and it’s exciting to see the real difference literacy and learning makes in people’s lives.”
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $84.9 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, please visit www.dgliteracy.org.