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Hope After Hurricane Harvey

The Kids In Need Foundation is providing backpacks filled with school supplies to 2,455 students in southeast Texas impacted by Hurricane Harvey through its Second Responder® Program, funded by the generous support of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The Kids In Need Foundation Second Responder® Program Provides 2,455 Backpacks Filled With School Supplies To Southeast Texas Students

MINNEAPOLIS – August 23, 2018– The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) is providing backpacks filled with school supplies to 2,455 students in southeast Texas impacted by Hurricane Harvey through its Second Responder® Program, funded by the generous support of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Students and teachers from five area schools will receive essential school supplies. Scholastic is also donating more than 4,000 new books through their All for Books® initiative, a program that lets local businesses, community members, and individuals donate to schools to help educators fill their school and classroom libraries.

The supplies will be delivered to 275 students at Deweyville Elementary School in Orange, Texas on Thursday, August 23. In addition to the backpacks and school supplies, all 35 teachers at the school will receive teacher tote bags filled with classroom supplies. Scholastic Books will be providing 850 books to the students as well.

The donation, part of KINF’s Second Responder® program, is part of an ongoing effort to support the community following the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.In the weeks and months following the hurricane’s landfall, the Second Responder® program provided backpacks, pencils, markers and more for students in multiple school districts in the southeast Texas region. Thousands of other students and teachers were also served through KINF’S Teacher Resource Centers in Houston and Beaumont.

“We have overcome losing our entire elementary facility to the flood of 2016, most of our homes in either or both floods of 2016 and 2017, missing instructional days due to snow and ice and more,” said LaJuan Addison, principal, Deweyville Elementary. “The students and faculty of Deweyville Elementary are the definition of #DeweyvilleStrong!”

The Kids In Need Foundation and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation have a long history of partnering to serve schools.  In fact, Dollar General’s recently renewed to serve as 2018 National Sponsor of KINF’s Second Responder® program, which operates during the recovery period following the devastation of natural disasters, once first responders have provided the critical necessities of food, shelter, and medical aid. The Second Responder®program has provided much-needed school supplies for students deeply impacted by severe storms.

“We are very grateful for our partnership with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Scholastic for their generous donations to help students at Deweyville Elementary succeed in the classroom,” said Renay Dossman, executive director of The Kids In Need Foundation. “This donation will give students and teachers the opportunity to start this new year with everything they need to have their best year yet, after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.”

“We are committed to serving the communities we call home and ensuring that all children have access to school supplies, “ said Denine Torr, Dollar General’s senior director of community initiatives. “We are proud to support the Second Responder®program and help the students and teachers in southeast Texas as they continue to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.”

For more information about The Kids In Need Foundation Second Responder® program visit: https://www.kinf.org/programs/secondresponder/

About The Kids In Need Foundation

The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995, has distributed $1 Billion in school supplies since the Foundation’s inception; and benefited 6.2 million students and more than 200,000 teachers in 2017. For more information, visit KINF.org, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram: @KidsInNeed.

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations.. In addition to high-quality, private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo.

About Scholastic

For more information about Scholastic, view the Company’s media room mediaroom.scholastic.comand to learn more about the Scholastic Book Fairs All for Books program, visit www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/allforbooks 

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