Waukegan Public Library Receives $2,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Grant to support Waukegan Public Library’s afterschool Homework Help program

Waukegan Public Library recently received a Youth Literacy grant in the amount of $2,000.00 from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to support its Homework Help program for 1st through 12th graders. Funds will be used to provide students with necessary school supplies, computers, and tutors, and purchase incentive rewards for students who track their progress in the program.

“Youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are awarded at the beginning of the academic year to help make a distinct impact on the communities we serve by supporting programs that improve education and enhance literacy,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others and it’s exciting to see the real difference literacy and learning makes in people’s lives.”

The goal of the library’s Homework Help program is to help students do well in school today while also developing the tools to be successful in the future. Starting on September 3, the library’s afterschool schedule provides support for students and parents on a drop-in basis and through a long-term tutoring program. Students interested in long-term tutoring will be matched with a local Waukegan High School student volunteer and will track their progress by bringing graded homework, quizzes, tests, and report cards to the library for rewards.

“We value our partnership with the Waukegan Public School District as we work together to encourage our students to succeed,” said Elizabeth Stearns, Assistant Director of Community Services. “It is our hope that the Library can be a vital resource for students who need additional help outside of school, regardless of their economic circumstances, educational level, age, or language.”

In January, the Library received a one-time American Library Association and Dollar General Literacy Foundation-sponsored “The American Dream Starts @ your Library® Grant” of $15,000 for its “Promotoras Ambassador Program,” to be used to help the Library raise the visibility of library services for immigrant populations in Waukegan.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, 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 $84.9 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, please visit www.dgliteracy.org

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for nearly 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With more than 10,600 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.com