Heketi Community Charter School Receives $3,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
to Support Youth Literacy
Bronx, NY– September 11, 2018 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Heketi Community Charter School a $3,000 grant to support youth literacy. This grant is part of more than $3.4 million the organization awarded to 915 recipients on August 28, 2018. Awarded annually at the beginning of the academic school year inception, youth literacy grants help support teachers, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the 44 states that Dollar General serves.
“Heketi Community Charter School thanks the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for investing in literacy education for our students,” said David R. Rosas, School Director of Heketi Community Charter School. “September is National Literacy Month, and we are most grateful to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for partnering with us so that together we can serve more of kids and help them advance in their literacy aptitude.”
Heketi Community Charter School will be utilizing the $3,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation toward the purchase of the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Gold System to provide guided literacy instruction to students in Grades 4-5. Through using the Fountas & Pinnell LLI Gold System as an instructional tool, Heketi Community Charter School will be able to help students achieve greater literacy proficiency as they continue to advance in their education.
“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 partnered with thousands of organizations focused on advancing the goals of literacy and education.”
To date, 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.
Dollar General’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, was functionally illiterate and never completed a formal education. In 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in his honor and has since helped more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test. Customers may receive a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services by clicking here or by picking up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card available at the cash register of every Dollar General store, which can be mailed in for information.
About Heketi Community Charter SchoolHeketi Community Charter School is a K-5 community-grown charter school located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, dedicated to providing a rigorous and nurturing environment for students while fostering a warm family-oriented school culture and a strong connection to the community at large. Heketi opened its doors in 2012, where it welcomed its first cohort of bright ambitious students. Heketi’s mission is to provide an exceptional educational solution through an integrated educational design with high expectations, extensive academic and social-emotional support, and a high level of family and community engagement. To learn more about Heketi Community Charter School, visit www.heketi.org.
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About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $159 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
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