SNU Receives Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

SNU School for Children - Camp Soar[Bethany, Oklahoma] – [6-12-18] – This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Southern Nazarene University a $2,000 grant to support the SNU School for Children’s SOAR summer literacy reading camp.  This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

Camp SOAR for Summer Literacy serves children from kindergarten through third grade who are struggling with literacy challenges. All SFC teachers are certified and have grade-level experience in teaching reading and science literacy skills.  "This grant will enable students to become much more confident readers by increasing their overall literacy skills," said Mrs. Gina McGarry, SOAR Camp Director.

The 2018 Camp SOAR will meet week days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 18 through July 13 with a break for 4th of July.  Students focus on reading and writing skills each morning and applied science and math reading afternoons. In a “kids reading to dogs” session, challenged readers pick a favorite book and are paired with service dog reading buddies.  Additionally, participants will be assisted this year by online reading software on iPads.

“We are honored to fund literacy and education initiatives, which support our mission of Serving Others,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018 and a legacy of helping people improve their lives through literacy and education. Including this grant, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided more than $154 million in funding to help more than 10 million people. We believe these programs can have a positive impact on the communities we serve and we look forward to continuing to partner with organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.” To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit

The SNU School for Children (SFC) is a Child Development Laboratory School offering classroom instruction for Prekindergarten through 6th grade levels during the school year, plus a one-month summer literacy camp and a one-month summer science/math campThere are additional week-long camps during the summer on computer programming, woodworking, art, and music. During the school year, SFC offers students individualized one-on-one attention through a complete program of instruction with developmentally appropriate curricula focused on mastery learning and development. To learn more about the SNU School for Children, Camp SOAR, and other summer camps, please contact 405-491-6645.

The SFC is fully accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education). SFC is an extension of Southern Nazarene University (SNU) School of Education, which offers bachelor's through master's degrees preparing teachers for public and private school settings and is fully accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.

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