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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Presents “Champion for Literacy” Award to Dollar General Literacy Foundation

~Award presented by Doro Bush Koch and Jeb Bush, Jr. at Florida Celebration of Reading~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation was honored with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy’s “Champion for Literacy” award during the 2018 Florida Celebration of Reading.

Barbara Bush Foundation Honorary Chair Doro Bush Koch and board member Jeb Bush, Jr. presented the award to Denine Torr, senior director of community initiatives for Dollar General, in recognition of the Foundation’s extraordinary work as one of the nation’s strongest and most steadfast voices for literacy.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018, has awarded more than $146 million to literacy initiatives that have helped more than nine million individuals learn to read, receive their high school equivalency or learn English. Dollar General’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, was a farmer’s son who dropped out of school in the third grade when his father passed away unexpectedly. In 1993, the Foundation was established by his grandson in his honor to help adults and children nationwide gain the literacy and basic education skills they need to pursue their dreams.

“We’re so grateful to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for their leadership, their generosity and their dedication to changing lives through literacy,” said Doro Bush Koch. “They’ve supported our programs for nearly two decades, and as the lead donor of the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE, they’re now playing an integral role in our efforts to expand educational access to the millions of American families in need.”

The $7 million Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a first-of-its-kind competition challenging teams from around the world to develop mobile applications that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills among participating adult learners in just 12 months.

“Literacy is a gift that lasts a lifetime. It has the ability to uplift and open doorways to new opportunities,” said Torr. “We are very humbled and honored to receive the ‘Champion for Literacy’ award. As we continue to search for innovative ways to increase access, eliminate barriers and serve more students, we look forward to working closely with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to create impact-driven solutions.”

Previous recipients of the Barbara Bush Foundation’s “Champion for Literacy” award are Library of Congress Historian John Cole, Publix Super Markets Charities President and Chairman Carol Jenkins Barnett, and Senator Lamar Alexander.

About the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy: The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, a public charity, is the nation’s leading advocate for family literacy. The Foundation was established by Mrs. Barbara Bush in 1989, and today remains committed to her vision of fostering the opportunity for every man, woman and child to secure a better life through literacy. To learn more, visit www.barbarabush.org or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter (@BarbaraBushFdn).

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 for 25 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $146 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries, helping more than nine 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 www.dgliteracy.org.

For more information: Contact Lauren Sproull, Director of Communications, at 850-562-5300 or lauren.sproull@barbarabush.org.

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