CAMDEN — As the Dollar General Literacy Foundation says: “It’s never too late to learn!”
Camden Central School District students know this slogan is true. Earlier this month the Dollar General store organization donated $60,000 to the district to promote literacy under the aegis of the firm’s Literacy Foundation. That’s $20,000 each for Camden High School, Camden Middle School and Camden Elementary School.
According to its webiste, (dgliteracy.org), the Foundation was established in 1993 in honor of company co-founder J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate with only a third-grade education. He had to quit school but went on to co-found Dollar General. “We understand that life can present many obstacles, but we also know it’s never too late to learn! Like J.L., so many others desire to better their lives and the lives of their families and it’s in this spirit that the foundation has flourished,” the website says.
The Foundation’s grant programs are available to qualifying organizations in the 44 states where Dollar General stores are located. So far, the Foundation has awarded more than $159 million in grants to literacy organizations that have helped more than 10 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency, or learn English.
Camden officials say some funds will be used to support a new summer fun reading program that allows students to select books to read that are of high interest to them.
School Superintendent Ravo Root noted that one reason Dollar General donated the money to Camden schools was that the local stores experienced a great increase in donations. The superintendent thanked the community for its generosity.
If you want to donate, you can do it at a store. Also you can mail donations to Dollar General Literacy Foundation. P.O. Box 1064, Goodlettswville, Tenn. 37070-1064.