SNU Receives $1,500 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

[Bethany, Oklahoma] – [6-3-19] – This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Southern Nazarene University a $1,500 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 communities 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 2019 Camp SOAR will meet week days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 17 through July 12 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 by online reading, spelling, and mathematics on iPads. 

“In keeping with Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others, we are excited to provide grants to support literacy and education initiatives in the communities we proudly call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “Each year, funds provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make a real difference by providing the tools that students, adults and families need to pursue new opportunities and accomplish their goals. We believe these programs empower the communities we serve, and we are honored to play a role in their success.” 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 Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade levels during the school year, plus month-long summer literacy and math/science camps. There 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.