On November 14, Dollar General Director of the Alachua Distribution Center Alain Arrendel and Dollar General Director of Community Initiatives Denine Torr presented the Alachua Branch a surprise $10,000 check as part of its corporate Thanksgiving Nonprofit Initiative that supports literacy and youth. This generous donation underscores how much Dollar General invests in the youth of Alachua and its support of its local library. Library staff plan to use the donation to create a homework center where students will have access to tutors, technology, furniture and study materials designed to enhance study skills.
“We are thrilled to receive these funds to help us expand our afterschool tutoring program,” said Alachua Branch Manager Ross Woodbridge. “Our goal is to help students develop positive learning skills and habits to improve their educational success now and apply those skills in their future endeavors. Building a strong foundation in the early stages of a child’s education is essential for later success. The library will be working with the local schools to design a homework center that will support school curriculum. We will also provide expanded learning opportunities through innovative programs.”
Photo: Check presentation photo, from the left: Dollar General’s Director of Community Initiatives Denine Torr, Alachua Branch Library Specialist Tracey Evans, Dollar General’s Alachua Distribution Center Director Alain Arrendell, Alachua County Library District Public Services Director Chris Culp, Alachua Branch Librarian Victoria Rivera and Alachua Branch Manager Ross Woodbridge.
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