Dollar General Literacy Foundation Presents More Than $50,000 to Help Rebuild Five School Libraries

January 26, 2022
Dollar General representatives present a check to Selmer Elementary in Selmer, TN
Representatives from Dollar General present Selmer Elementary School in Selmer, Tennessee with a Beyond Words grant.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation presented five schools with funds totaling $50,400 from its Beyond Words grant program. The contributions are intended to support school libraries’ rebuilding efforts following natural disasters. Recipients include:
  • Whitehall Junior Senior High in Whitehall, NY receives $20,000 from DGLFGrand Caillou Middle School in Houma, Louisiana
  • Raceland Middle School in Raceland, Louisiana
  • Selmer Elementary School in Selmer, Tennessee
  • Wanda Kendall Elementary School in Watseka, Illinois
  • Whitehall Junior Senior High in Whitehall, New York
“In the spirit of Dollar General’s mission of 
Serving Others, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to help rebuild these school libraries after their communities were impacted by significant flooding and hurricanes,” said Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. “We hope these funds will support the libraries’ restoration and provide new resources, helping students to continue being inspired and engaged in learning.”
The Beyond Words grant program provides funding to school libraries affected by disasters, helping school libraries rebuild, reestablish and/or expand library resources and programs. Since its inception in 2006, the program has awarded more than $2.7 million, impacting more than 115,000 students in 31 states.
Eligible applicants must be public schools serving students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade located within 15 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center or the Company’s Store Support Center in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. The library must have either lost its building or incurred substantial damage or hardship due to a natural disaster, fire or act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. Applications must be made within two years of the disaster.
For more information or to apply for a Beyond Words grant, visit
Wanda Kendall Elementary School in Watseka, IL receives a donation from DGLF.Raceland administrators are presented with a Beyond Words grant

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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