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September 30th, 2016

BEYOND BASICS RECEIVES $4,000 GRANT

Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Youth Literacy

DETROIT, MI – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Beyond Basics a $4,000.00 grant to support youth literacy.  This grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

“Beyond Basics is thankful for the generosity and support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation,” said Executive Director Pamela Good. “Once a child learns how to read at grade level they are able to do well in school and to succeed in life”.

Todd Vasos, Chief Executive Officer of Dollar General stated, “By awarding these grants, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to making a meaningful impact in our local communities. These grants provide funds to support youth literacy initiatives and educational programs throughout the communities we serve to ensure a successful academic year for students.”

Committed to helping increase the literacy skills of individuals of all ages, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education since its inception in 1993.  The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test.  At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers may pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services.

About Beyond Basics
Beyond Basics is a 501(c)(3) student-centered, literacy focused nonprofit organization dedicated to one-on-one reading tutoring and literacy enrichment programs for K-12 students in Metropolitan Detroit. Beyond Basics achieves grade level movement in 6 weeks. We believe that Literacy Is For Everyone and we establish LIFE centers powered by Beyond Basics in schools and after school locations to deliver our literacy programs.

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years.  Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. 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, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 13,000 stores in 43 states as of August 13, 2016. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

For further information, please call (248) 918-3543