Three FSSD Schools Receive Grants to Support Youth Literacy

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Students Hutch McKone and Aubrey Patton in Joanna Salce’s first-grade class use the Literacy Footprints readers provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $11,000 to three Franklin Special School District schools. The grants are part of more than $3.4 million the organization awarded to 915 recipients. Awarded annually at the beginning of the school year, youth literacy grants help support teachers, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

Moore Elementary School ($4,000)
Moore Elementary received a $4,000 grant to support youth literacy by purchasing two Literacy Footprints kits to support the reading program for English Language Learners (ELL). Literacy Footprints is a guided reading program designed to help primary children to read and write with kits that provide carefully sequenced small group reading lessons with 153 book titles. Guided reading is reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching to a broad range of learners in a classroom by using small groups, which allows the teacher to focus on specific strategies for each group. “Students will use the kits to review sight words, learn new strategies, learn how to word solve, and practice reading fluency and comprehension on their own individual reading level,” said Moore Elementary reading coach Kim Smith, who estimates that about 45 students will benefit from these lessons. “We are thankful for Dollar General’s partnership.”

Liberty Elementary School ($3,000)
Liberty Elementary received a $3,000 grant, which will be used to buy additional leveled reader sets for its students to use during guided reading instruction. This will allow teachers to continue to meet students where they are, and push them to or beyond grade-level standards.

Franklin Elementary School ($4,000)
Franklin Elementary received a $4,000 grant, which will be used to buy a first-grade guided reading kit from Literacy Footprints. First-grade teacher Joanna Salce said she plans to use the kit for small group instruction in literacy. The kit contains sequenced, high-quality leveled texts in a variety of genres, as well as lesson cards for the teacher to use. Students will encounter traditional tales, realistic fiction, fantasy, and informational text.

“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 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. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test. More information can be found at