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USD 320 ESOL receives a grant to support summer literacy

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USD 320 Receives $1,600.00 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support SUMMER Literacy

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded USD 320 ESOL Summer Reading a $1,600.00 grant to support summer literacy.  This local grant is part of more than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the communities Dollar General serves.



 Title III services is a federal program that supports English language learners in four language domains; reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students receive services based on their individual proficiency during the school year. The purpose of Title III services is to ensure that English language learners attain English language proficiency and meet state academic standards.  By receiving this grant, the program can extend these services to meet the language needs for eleven English learning students attending pre-school through middle school in the Wamego school district.  Jody Havice and Crystal Brunner, both English for Speakers of Other Languages endorsed district teachers, will provide six weeks of summer learning.  Each student will meet twice a week for small group instruction while working on individual language proficiency.  The students will receive support based on their individual learning plans that are created after receiving their spring state proficiency scores.  Some students will be working on letter sounds and proper pronunciations while others will be working on strengthening their vocabulary and others working on reading fluency and comprehension. By students receiving individualized teaching and learning, each student will develop a higher level of confidence and self-efficacy while building a stronger foundation of literacy.  The grant also allows each student to receive a book of their choice in an English version and a version in their respective native language. 


“During these extraordinary times, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to support communities’ literacy and educational advancements through funds that will impact thousands of students across the country,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member.  “We are proud to support the meaningful and impactful work that each of today’s recipients conduct and support their ongoing efforts to help individuals improve their lives through literacy and education.”

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 $182 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.