Dollar General Creates a Reading Revolution

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

Major Retailer Donated $840,000 and Surprised 21 Schools Across the Country

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- This morning, Dollar General (NYSE: DG) will culminate the inaugural year of its Reading Revolution program when representatives surprise students, teachers and administration with a major donation of $40,000 to support and enhance literacy at Odessa High School in Odessa, Texas.

Odessa High School is the 21st school since October in which Dollar General has launched a Reading Revolution and given principals, librarians and media specialists a wonderful, unexpected surprise to provide supplemental resources to assist in students’ future successes. In total, Dollar General provided $840,000 in donations to positively impact the education of nearly 14,000 students across the country.

“Dollar General is very passionate about its mission of Serving Others and commitment to improving lives through literacy and education,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s Chairman and CEO. “We hope these donations will help equip schools with the tools and resources needed to improve students’ learning experiences and are excited to see the impact these donations will make across the country.”

Rooted in Dollar General’s company mission of Serving Others and reflective of its strong advocacy for literacy, the Reading Revolution program provided the schools with $40,000 to use at their discretion to enhance literacy and reading programs. Schools may use the funds to purchase books, computers, tablets or other educational supplies that best meet the unique needs of their student population.

Schools were chosen due to their close proximity to one of Dollar General’s 12 distribution centers or near stores that were among the company’s largest contributors to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s Cash Cube program.

“By supporting each of these schools with $40,000, we hope to help students become better readers, more successful students and lifelong learners,” said Denine Torr, Dollar General’s director of community initiatives.

Recipients include:

Santa Fe High School           Alachua, Fla.
Jefferson Elementary School Ardmore, Okla.
Bessemer City Middle School Bessemer, Ala.
Bethel Elementary School Bethel, Pa.
Fulton Middle School Fulton, Mo.
Gentry High School Indianola, Miss.
Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Jonesville, S.C.
College Heights Elementary School Bakersfield, Calif.
Frances Slocum Elementary School Marion, Ind.
James E. Bazzell Middle School Scottsville, Ky.
Sinai Elementary School Halifax, Va.
Zane Grey Elementary School Zanesville, Ohio
Goodlettsville Elementary School Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Muhlenberg Elementary Center Laureldale, Pa.
Portageville Elementary School Portageville, Mo.
Wingate Elementary Wingate, N.C.
Huguley Elementary School Lanett, Ala.
Cox Elementary School Xenia, Ohio
Odessa High School Odessa, Texas
Waycross Middle School Waycross, Ga.
Fay Herron Elementary Las Vegas, Nev.

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Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for 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 11,000 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

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