Friends of Literacy Receives Dollar General Grant


This week, the Dollar General Foundation awarded Friends of Literacy (FOL) a $10,000 grant to support new high school equivalency diploma  (GED/HiSET) classes in downtown Knoxville.

“Friends of Literacy is very appreciative of this grant,” said FOL executive director Melissa Nance.  “It will help us fill a need for GED/HiSET classes in downtown Knoxville created by the relocation of Knox County Schools Adult Education (KCSAE) out of the city center and the closure of programs previously offered at Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue campus and through the UT Wave program.” 

In an attempt to address this need earlier in the year, FOL established an evening GED/HiSET class at its office classroom on East Hill Avenue.  “This grant will help us sustain this evening class as well as be able to offer a second class in the daytime,” Nance explained.

 “It is exciting to see the impact grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make throughout the country, especially as we cross the $100 million threshold in overall donations and the difference it has made to nearly six million people,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation truly embodies the company’s mission of Serving Others throughout the communities we serve.”

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 $100 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly six million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. 

Established in 1991, Friends of Literacy offers adult literacy and GED/HiSET classes to the one-in-eight adults in Knox County who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency diploma as well as the one-in-12 adults in the county who cannot read above a 6th grade level.  

Additionally, through a NEXT STEP program, FOL helps GED/HiSET students and graduates transition to post-secondary education and/or the workplace.   Recently, FOL began offering basic computer literacy classes.   Adults interested in registering for any FOL adult literacy classes are encouraged to call the office at 865-549-7007.

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