Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards $44,000 to Three Schools Impacted by Disasters

April 11, 2022
Dollar General presents a DGLF Beyond Words grant to Atlantic Middle School
Above: Dollar General representatives present a Beyond Words grant to Atlantic Middle School in Atlantic, IA. Below: Checks are also presented to Cresskill High School in Cresskill, NJ and Porter Consolidated Public Schools in Porter, OK.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded a total of $44,000 to three schools impacted by disasters. The awards were made possible through the Beyond Words grant program, which provides funding to aid in the rebuilding of school libraries. Schools who received funding include:
  • Atlantic Middle School in Atlantic, Iowa received a $10,000 grant after a fire caused water damage.
  • Cresskill High School in Cresskill, New Jersey received a $20,000 grant after Hurricane Ida in 2021.
  • Porter Consolidated Public Schools in Porter, Oklahoma received a $14,000 grant after severe storms and flooding in 2019 caused major damage to the school and library.
Cresskill High School receives a Beyond Words grant“Our mission of Serving Others is evident in our programs like Beyond Words, which was established to support and serve schools following a natural disaster,” said Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. “We are proud to play a role in rebuilding schools and supporting the libraries’ restoration by providing new books and educational resources to help inspire and engage students in learning.”
Atlantic Middle School librarian Deb Burton shared her appreciation during a recent check presentation ceremony. “I spent the morning telling the sixth graders all about the grant and moving back into the middle school,” she said. “They cannot wait to be part of putting us back together again. We are excited to have a brand new, sparkling building back to normal this fall and thank Dollar General for the support.”
Porter Consolidated Schools receives a Beyond Words grantSince its inception in 2006, Beyond Words has awarded more than $2.8 million in grants, impacting more than 117,000 students in 31 states. Grants are available to public schools with a school library located within 15 miles of a Dollar General store or distribution center. Learn more about this and other grants at

About Dollar General Corporation 

Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) is proud to serve as America’s neighborhood general store. Founded in 1939, Dollar General lives its mission of Serving Others every day by providing access to affordable products and services for its customers, career opportunities for its employees, and literacy and education support for its hometown communities. As of August 4, 2023, the company’s 19,488 Dollar General, DG Market, DGX and pOpshelf stores across the United States and Mi Súper Dollar General stores in Mexico provide everyday essentials including food, health and wellness products, cleaning and laundry supplies, self-care and beauty items, and seasonal décor from our high-quality private brands alongside many of the world’s most trusted brands such as Coca Cola, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, General Mills, Hershey, J.M. Smucker, Kraft, Mars, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble and Unilever.  Learn more at

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