DOLLAR GENERAL CONTRIBUTES $50,000 TO MOBILE LEARNING FUND TO SCALE ADULT EDUCATION ACCESS DURING COVID-19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SYRACUSE, N.Y., August 11, 2020 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently contributed $50,000 to ProLiteracy’s Mobile Learning Fund, which provides adult education programs and their students with digital instructional materials to help adults learn to read or acquire English language skills. The Mobile Learning Fund will continue to build capacity among adult literacy programs during COVID-19 by providing financial assistance to acquire Learning Upgrade licenses, an Adult Literacy XPRIZE winning app proven to teach basic reading, math, English, high school equivalency preparation and digital literacy skills faster than traditional methods.
ProLiteracy recently surveyed the adult literacy field to gauge how local literacy programs and their students are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings showed that adult literacy programs across the United States are in dire need of digital learning tools to allow them to continue educating students from a distance.
“ProLiteracy is thrilled to receive this contribution from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which has a long-standing history of supporting adult literacy,” said Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “Many adult education students have been the first to lose their jobs during the economic downturn and may be the last to get their jobs back. While adult literacy programs are unsure of future funding sources, and in some cases are already experiencing funding cuts, this contribution will directly support programs through ProLiteracy’s Mobile Learning Fund to help adults gain the necessary skills to re-enter the workforce.”
“During this time when COVID-19 has interrupted in-class education, teachers and are looking for ways to continue delivering meaningful instruction and engage their students,” said Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. “Through our support of ProLiteracy’s Mobile Learning Fund, we hope to provide teachers with a resource that will help them advance their mission, minimize disruption to students and advance learning.”
Programs that need financial assistance for Learning Upgrade licenses may apply to the Mobile Learning Fund at https://www.proliteracy.org/MobileLearningFund.
ProLiteracy is the largest adult literacy and basic education nonprofit organization in the U.S. It works with local, national, and international organizations to help adults gain the reading, writing, math, computer, and English skills they need to be successful. ProLiteracy advocates on behalf of adult learners and the programs that serve them, provides training and professional development to instructors, and publishes materials used in adult literacy and basic education instruction. It has more than 1,000 member programs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and works with 21 nongovernmental organizations in 35 developing countries. For more information, visit ProLiteracy.org.
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. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $182 million in grants, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a high school equivalency diploma or English proficiency. Cal Turner, Jr. founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to honor his grandfather and Dollar General’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate having dropped out of school in the third grade to support his family. The Foundation aims to provide support to schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations that seek to improve adult, summer, youth, and family literacy initiatives. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.