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Sandburg Receives $10K Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant

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June 24, 2014
GALESBURG—Carl Sandburg College recently received a $10,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support the Carl Sandburg College Literacy Coalition. Sandburg has received funding from Dollar General every year since 2004, totaling $143,000 for family and adult literacy.

A majority of the funds will be used for instructional books and materials for tutoring adult learners. The Carl Sandburg College Literacy Coalition provides trained volunteer tutors for adults who are 17 and older, not in public school and test below ninth-grade level. Areas of tutoring include reading, writing, spelling, math, job skills, English as a second language and U.S. citizenship. Tutoring, books and materials are free of charge. In the past year, the Carl Sandburg College Literacy Coalition assisted 272 people through classroom tutoring, one-on-one tutoring, small group tutoring and book clubs in the Sandburg district, covering all or parts of 10 counties in west-central Illinois.

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 $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 5 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit

“At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of serving others throughout the communities we serve,” Dollar General chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling said. “It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

For more information, contact Karen Avalos, Carl Sandburg College literacy project coordinator, at 309.344.1631 or