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Manning, South Carolina – [May 26, 2016] – This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Clarendon County Adult Education an $8000 grant to support adult literacy and the new career pathways initiative. This local grant award is part of over $7.1 million in grants awarded to more than 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves.

“We are very excited to partner with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support our students at Adult Education and the community of Clarendon County,” says Lisa Justice, director of Clarendon County Adult Education. “If you ever wonder about that extra $1 or $5 they ask you about at check out, well, it stays here locally.”

According to Justice, funds will be used to provide instruction for students working toward a high school or career- readiness credential. “This summer, we will begin implementation of new federal legislation, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), that requires adult education to provide both academic and career guidance for our students. We will be connecting with many local agencies and service providers to establish clear goals and career pathways for enrollees in our program. We are happy that we can work with the folks at Dollar General to make a difference in the future in our community.”

“Consistent with our mission of Serving Others, we are excited to provide these organizations with funding to further literacy and education across the communities we call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “It is always so exciting to see the true and meaningful impact the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has on both children and adults looking to improve their lives through literacy.”

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 $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.3 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

Clarendon County Adult Education recently celebrated the graduation of 32 students from its three sites in Clarendon County. The program will operate with a full schedule of day and evening classes beginning in late August. Summer classes will meet during the day only, starting Monday, June 13 at F.E. Dubose Career Center in Manning. Please contact Lisa Justice at 803-473-2531 for more information.

(The specific grant that we were awarded is for adult literacy. We were one of over 350 nationwide winners, and one of only six in South Carolina).