PES Receives $2,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

PES Receives $2,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Posted on 09/09/2016

Pocomoke City, MD – Sept. 9, 2016 —The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Pocomoke Elementary School a $2,000 grant to support youth literacy.  This local 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.

Mr. Michael Browne, Principal of Pocomoke Elementary School, shared: “With the generous support of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Pocomoke Elementary is excited to launch our literacy project “Reading: from Cradle through College.” Our goal is to purchase and distribute reading books for all of our students periodically throughout the year. These books will be carefully selected representing a variety of genres and interests that will inspire personal in-home libraries sparking students’ curiosity and desire to “learn to read” and “read to learn” both at home, as well as, at school. A nightly routine of relaxed parent-child shared reading experiences will support each child’s development as an engaged, motivated proficient young reader who will enjoy a lifetime of reading adventure!”

Our literacy program at Pocomoke Elementary is designed with balanced instruction among the English Language Arts College and Career Ready content standards including: phonological/phonemic awareness, sight word recognition, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, language and writing. Blended instruction enables students to utilize technology in the application of basic skills in critical thinking and problem-solving real life applications. Daily instruction includes whole group, guided flexible group, and individualized support as needed. A variety of evidence-based reading interventions are provided for students in need of assistance. Enrichment opportunities are provided for students who demonstrate excellence in any given standard. Key to our students’ academic and developmental growth is the collaboration among parents, faculty, staff, community partnerships and students in effectively and efficiently meeting the needs of all students daily.

“By awarding these grants, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to making a meaningful impact in our local communities,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “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 Pocomoke Elementary School

Pocomoke Elementary School serves approximately 400 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through third. The school motto “Every Child Achieving, Every Adult Contributing” signifies a belief that all children can learn with resources and instruction addressing individualized learning needs of every child, every day. Pocomoke was named a Highest Performing Title I Reward School for 2014 based upon large gains in student achievement. The Maryland Department of Education recognized Pocomoke Elementary School as one of the top 10 elementary schools in the area of mathematics. In 2012, Pocomoke Elementary School was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School, a Maryland Blue Ribbon School, and a Maryland Superlative Highest Performing Awards School for outstanding performance in the areas of Reading and Math and a National Distinguished Title I School. In 2010, Pocomoke Elementary was named a Panasonic National School Change Winner – only one of six schools in the United States recognized for significant growth in student achievement reaching exemplary status. In 2008, Pocomoke Elementary became a Maryland Character Education School of the Year and has been named by the state as a PBIS Gold School for the last seven consecutive years.  

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

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