MHS ALE receives $3,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy foundation

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Teacher Rodney Lancaster (back) was pleased for his students who will benefit from the Dollar General Literacy Grant.

Manila High School "Alternative Learning Environment" receives $3000.00 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant will support the ALE initiative "Succeeding by Reading: Improving the Alternative Learning Environment Literacy Program for At-Risk Students."

The Manila High School "Alternative Learning Environment" (ALE) recently received a $3,000 Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to support its literacy programs. Specifically, the grant will help at risk students maintain and improve their reading speed, comprehension, and reading attention span to the point where they are reading at grade level.

Rodney Lancaster, teacher in the ALE classroom, expressed his appreciation to Dollar General for the grant.

'It is a continuation grant for our school and community," Mr. Lancaster said. "With the help of the Dollar General Literacy Organization, we have gone from reading 10 books two years ago to over 100 last year. We want to continue the success."

Lancaster said the grant will be used to purchase books and hopefully I-Pads or Tablets to be used in the classroom. He said he will meet with the administration to get the new books and equipment ordered.

Students enrolled in the classroom include Melane Copen, Dane Ferguson, Charles Perez, Brandon Smith, Chelsea Shepard, Tobe Akins, Katelyn Chamness, Anna Ryna, Dalton Carmichael, Matt Ferguson, Erik Navarro, Masie Rothwell, Nelson Johnston III, and Andrea Munoz.

The goal of the "Succeeding by Reading" project is to enable students with learning and reading disabilities to improve their reading skills to the point where they can succeed in school and develop the reading skills that will prepare them for life after high school and post secondary education.

"Youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are awarded at the beginning of the academic year to help make a distinct impact on the communities we serve by supporting programs that improve education and enhance literacy," said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's chairman and CEO. "At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others and it's exciting to see the real difference literacy and learning makes in people's lives."

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support 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 $84.9 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, please visit

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