Pavilion receives $3,000 grant

SUBMITTED PHOTOThe grant Pavilion Elementary School received will help fund youth literacy initiatives.

PAVILION — Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Pavilion Elementary School $3,000 grant to support youth literacy initiatives.

This local grant award is part of more than $4 million in grants awarded this fall to nearly 850 nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools across the 46 states that Dollar General serves.

“During these difficult financial times as a result of COVID-19, we are fortunate to be recognized for our emphasis on the importance of early literacy for our students. By building our repertoire and resources in this area, we will provide a strong foundation for our students that will carry them for a lifetime,” said Jon Wilson, elementary principal. “We also appreciate all the work that our teachers are doing in these areas, and we especially appreciate the work of one of our teachers, Jessica Macaluso, for leading the work related to the application for this grant. We are very lucky to have such incredible educators here in Pavilion.”

Pavilion has recently restructured its curriculum in order to emphasize the importance of literacy instruction for its early learners. By prioritizing its standards, relying heavily on collaboration, and staying current with how students learn, Pavilion is taking steps toward taking its instructional programs to the next level.

“This year, many teachers, libraries and literacy organizations are facing new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “Despite the unprecedented obstacles, we admire the tremendous efforts and commitments from educators as they work to provide students with the tools they need to develop their literacy skills. We hope these funds will help support their plans to advance learning and deliver quality instruction in our hometown communities.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports 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 $186 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 12 million people take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

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