Cactus Canyon JH awarded $4,000 literacy foundation grant

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The Cactus Canyon Junior High School in the Apache Junction Unified School District has been awarded a $4,000 Youth Literacy Foundation grant from Dollar General to update the library’s non-fiction collection.

Last spring, realizing that the range of science and technology books available to students through the CCJH library was both limited and aging, but lacking funds to supplement the collection, librarian Jennifer Cameron reached out to the school’s parent teacher organization.

“Students have access to computers,” Ms. Cameron said, “but they still need to be able to cite or reference information in books.”

Dena Kimble, president of the CCJH PTO, was ready for the challenge.

“It is important for our students to have the tools they need to be successful. The list of books we needed was long, and we knew we wouldn’t be able to raise $4,000 in time for the coming school year, so our organization hired a grant writer to find an appropriate grant and file the application. It cost us $150, and we were able to get it done.” Kimble said.

Ms. Kimble encouraged parents to get involved.

“This is a great example of how PTOs can really help the schools. It is very rewarding to see a child smile and to know that what you do really makes a difference.” she said.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in 1993 in honor of Dollar General’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate with only a third grade education.  Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to nonprofit organizations and schools that have helped more than 6 million individuals advance their literacy and basic education skills.

Editor’s Note: Dana Hawman is the public information officer for Apache Junction Unified School District.

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