This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded The Fort Smith Adult Education Center a $10,000 grant to support family literacy. This local grant award is part of over $7.1 million in grants awarded to more than 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves.
“We are excited to partner with the Fort Smith Public Schools and Dollar General Literacy Foundation to offer a family literacy program that allows adult students to spend time in their child's classroom while they receive additional English language instruction, citizenship, EL/Civics instruction,” said Fort Smith Adult Education Center director, Gary Udouj.
In addition to the robust GED/ABE and ESL programs offered in their main location, the center offers Adult ESL classes at several area elementary schools as part of a Family Literacy program we began this year. The adult education instructor works with parents to teach strategies for helping parents work on basic functions, listening and speaking, vocabulary, grammar focus, reading, writing, life skills, pronunciation, and technology skills. The program primarily serves parents who want to learn English as a second language.
“Consistent with our mission of Serving Others, we are excited to provide these organizations with funding to further literacy and education across the communities we call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “It is always so exciting to see the true and meaningful impact the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has on both children and adults looking to improve their lives through literacy.”
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 $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.3 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.