This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Heights Libraries a $2,000 grant to support early literacy. This local grant award is part of over $7.1 million in grants awarded to more than 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves.
“We are thrilled to have received this funding for our summer reading program, as it will provide more instruction and incentives for children who are new and emerging readers,” says Beth Hatch, special projects manager at Heights Libraries.
The summer reading program “100 Years of Stories” begins June 1 and runs through August 7, 2016. The program is designed to encourage children and families to practice their reading and early literacy skills throughout the summer. Children will have nine weeks to complete their activity and reading goals. Upon completion, they will enter a raffle for a book-themed basket and receive a special prize.
“Consistent with our mission of serving others, we are excited to provide Heights Libraries with funding to further literacy and education across their community,” 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.”
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.3 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.