TROY — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded Kids Read Now in Troy a literacy grant in the amount of $3,000 to support local literacy programs. This local grant award is part of over $7.1 million in grants awarded on May 12 to more than 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 43 states the company serves.
Troy City Schools partners with Kids Read Now to provide students from kindergarten to third grade with up to nine new, free books-to-keep during the summer. The students receive their first three books in May at the Family Reading Night, and after they complete a book and discuss it with a parent, then report it, additional books are mailed to them throughout the summer. The program not only provides summer reading, but enables children to begin their personal book collections.
“Consistent with our mission of ‘Serving Others,’ we are excited to provide these organizations with funding to further literacy and education across the communities we call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “It is always so exciting to see the true and meaningful impact the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has on both children and adults looking to improve their lives through literacy.”
Grant recipients will use Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds to support programs aimed at enhancing summer, family and adult literacy programs. Grants will be used to help promote childhood summer reading or help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam or learn English. A complete list of grant recipients may be found online at www.dgliteracy.org.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is also currently accepting applications for youth literacy grants through Thursday, May 19. Youth literacy grants provide funding to schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations to help students below grade level or who experience difficulty reading by providing funding to implement new or expanding literacy programs, purchase new technology or equipment or purchase books, materials or software to enhance literacy programs. Applications are available online at www.dgliteracy.org.