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Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant to fund Chromebooks

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant to fund Chromebooks

A routine trip to the local Dollar General and a conversation with a knowledgeable cashier will soon result in $3,500 in Chromebooks for Caroline Renfro’s English class at Ryan High School.


“I was in a Dollar General Store here in Denton and the cashier there asked me if I would like to donate to the Literacy grant,” said Ms. Renfro. “I asked her about it and she told me where to look for grants, so I applied last May.”


Ms. Renfro plans to purchase eight to ten Chromebooks and sets of earbuds for students to read e-books, create projects, do in-class research and complete on-line assignments.


She added that the portability of students having their own laptops creates more ownership in individual learning, and lends itself to collaboration when students work on group assignments.


“I’m committed to doing anything I can to make sure my students are successful and have the tools they need,” she said. “I am honored and feel truly blessed to provide my students computers – something to which they otherwise would not have access.”


According to their web site, The Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in 1993 in honor of Dollar General's co-founder, J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate with only a third grade education. He was a farmer's son who dropped out of school when his father was killed in an accident. 


The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools that have helped more than 7.9 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency test, or learn the English language.