Lincoln Elementary School received a $2,000 grant from the Youth Literacy Grant as administered by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a $2,000 grant from the Lisa Waldhauer Education Fund as administered by the McPherson County Community Foundation to purchase iPads for the school’s Intervention Reading Group.
“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is pleased to support the literacy efforts of Lincoln Elementary School,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “The Youth Literacy grants are awarded annually at the start of the school year so that the funds are in place to have an impact on reading education, and students within the Tier II group have been identified as requiring additional assistance for reading/math. The purpose of developing this program is to provide high-quality instruction or intervention matched to the students’ needs.
Through this program, the school’s reading specialist can assess the students’ learning rate and level of performance to make important educational decisions. About two-thirds or 165 of the 250 students at Lincoln will benefit from this.
“Several applications, such as Scribe, Read Live, Story Kit, Doodle Buddy or Phonics Genius can be downloaded to assist the students,” said Jana Koehn, Lincoln Elementary Principal. “The technology behind the iPad is a key hook for students in their desire to learn.”
The Lisa Waldhauer Memorial Education Fund was established to provide educational enrichment opportunities for McPherson students. Grants have included funding the automation of books and publications at St. Joseph School; sponsoring a free showing of the summer production by the Wichita Children’s Theatre at the McPherson Opera House; sponsorship of Camp Invention; and funding a portion of the Summer Lunch Program.
Motivational speakers to address students at McPherson Middle and High School have been sponsored through the Waldhauer Hour. The most recent program was Barbara Coloroso’s Kids are Worth It, an internationally recognized speaker and author in the areas of parenting, teaching, school discipline, non-violent conflict resolution and reconciliatory justice. She presented to students at each school and then conducted an in-service for all USD 418 staff.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s Youth Literacy grants are awarded to assist with implementing new or expanding existing youth literacy programs; to purchase new technology or equipment to support youth literacy initiatives; or to purchase books, materials or software.
In August, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded grants totaling more than $2 million to 564 non-profit organizations, community groups, schools and libraries throughout the United States. It is estimated that about 315,000 youth will be served as a result of these donations.
Since its founding, Dollar General has been committed to supporting literacy and education. To further this support, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in 1993 to improve the functional literacy of adults and families by providing grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy.
For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation or for a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
For more information about the Lisa Waldhauer Memorial Education Fund or the McPherson County Community Foundation, visit www.mcphersonfoundation.org.