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Arbor School Receives Dollar General Grant

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded The Arbor School of Central Florida a $4,000 grant to support youth literacy, part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded across the country. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

“Our school depends on grants like this to provide a valuable education to children in our community with unique abilities who may not have access to the resources provided by The Arbor School,” says Wendy Blair, executive director, The Arbor School of Central Florida. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a fantastic partner in focusing on reading education for our students.” “

The Arbor School has a personalized approach to learning for a unique and special group of individuals. The focus of the curriculum for reading and literacy include:

  • Student Centered Learning - Sensory Based Classrooms
  • Small Classroom Size - Staff Ratio of 1:4
  • Technology Assisted Learning - S.T.E.M. Focus
  • Occupational Therapy - Speech/Language Therapies



“By awarding these grants, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to making a meaningful impact in our local communities,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “These grants provide funds to support youth literacy initiatives and educational programs throughout the communities we serve to ensure a successful academic year for students.”

Committed to helping increase the literacy skills of individuals of all ages, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education since its inception in 1993. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test. At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers may pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services.

About The Arbor School of Central Florida
The Arbor School of Central Florida offers a sensory-based curriculum ideal for children with Autism, Down syndrome, PDD and other unique abilities. Let us be your child's specialized education school and see them grow significantly. Let your child discover their potential and the beauty of their environment. Bring them to The Arbor School of Central Florida. At our school, you can be confident our teachers will recognize the inherent intelligence of your child, we teach the individual to the best of their unique abilities since 2002. For more information about Arbor School, visit www.ArborSchoolFlorida.com.

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 as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.9 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.

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    “The Arbor School has provided a great environment for our son. They are results-oriented, in a nurturing environment, with excellent teachers who are extremely patient, kind, and skilled.”
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    “…our son has come so far! He’s not the same kid and we owe it all to Arbor School. Thank you Ms. Wendy and Everyone at Arbor School of Central Florida!”
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