Dollar General Literacy Foundation Presents $105,000 in Grants to Rebuild Six School Libraries

November 04, 2019

During October, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presented six schools with funds totaling $105,000 from its Beyond Words program.  The contributions aim to support school libraries’ rebuilding efforts in the wake of natural disasters. Recent contributions aim to further help libraries recovering from tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding and lightening damage and include:
  • East Lee County High School in Lehigh Acres, Florida
  • Bluford STEM Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Jinks Middle School in Panama City, Florida
  • Webbers Falls Public School in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma
  • Trenton Elementary School in Trenton, North Carolina
  • Boley Elementary School in West Monroe, Louisiana
The Beyond Words grant program was established in 2006 to provide funding to school libraries affected by disasters. Funding helps schools rebuild, reestablish and/or expand library media programs.  Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $2.5 million and directly affected more than 112,000 students in 29 states.

To be eligible for a Beyond Words grant, applicants must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center or corporate office and must represent public schools serving students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Eligibility requirements include the library must have either lost its building or incurred substantial damage/hardship due to a natural disaster, fire or act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. Grant applicants must meet one of the two requirements.

For more information or to apply for a Beyond Words grant, visit

Bluford STEM Academy

Trenton Elementary School

East Lee County High School

Jinks Middle School

Webbers Middle School

Boley Elementary School


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 March 3, 2023, the company’s 19,147 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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