Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation believes learning to read and receiving your high school diploma or equivalent is an investment that opens doorways for personal, professional and economic growth. That is why our commitment to literacy remains strong. It is the one gift that no one can take away – the one gift that lasts a lifetime.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating over 20 years of helping individuals learn to read, prepare for the GED, or learn English. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $127 million to nonprofit organizations and schools that have helped more than 7.9 million individuals advance their literacy and basic education skills.

Our success: Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools that have helped more than 7.9 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency test, or learn the English language.

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The Adult Literacy League (ALL), based in Orlando, Florida, was founded in 1968 to serve the 1 in 5 Central Floridians who have less than a fifth-grade level of literacy.

Since that time, ALL has grown to provide weekly classes and one-on-one volunteer tutoring to over 2,500 students. For one single mom named Lekishia, ALL had a fundamental role in helping her achieve her dreams.

Lekishia first came to ALL in 2013 for assistance in obtaining her GED. She was a single mom working full time, and she knew she needed to make time for classes that would help her pass the GED test. Lekishia began attending math classes offered by ALL and working individually with a volunteer tutor. Because of her hard work, she was able to increase her math score enough to qualify as a student for the GED Lab, funded in part by a Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant. This program was developed in 2014 to help students like Lekishia who needed more individual attention than a traditional GED program.

In 2014, the national GED test changed completely. Its format became entirely computerized, and the nature of the test content increased in difficulty. For Lekishia, this proved to be a challenge. She worked hard to improve her computer skills, and with the support of her ALL instructors, she continued to stay motivated to pass her test. Her dedication was inspiring! She had weekly meetings with her tutor, where passionate conversations about test content and practice questions resulted into endless opportunities for learning. Lekishia never gave up; she worked tirelessly in class and with her tutor, and in early 2016, she passed the GED test! With the support of ALL, she was ready to take her next step. Lekishia has since applied to Valencia College where she is looking forward to continuing her education.

Thank you, Adult Literacy League for your partnership and your devotion to students just like Lekishia!