The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $3 million to organizations around the country to support literacy and reading programs for young people.
Through the foundation's Back-to-School and Youth Literacy programs, grants were awarded to 812 schools, public libraries, and nonprofits in the company's 35-state market area. Roughly four hundred of the grants will support programs, equipment, material, and software for schools' library or literacy programs, while the remainder will fund efforts to implement or expand literacy programs.
The grants are in addition to the more than five hundred grants totaling more than $7.5 million that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has already awarded this year.
"Grasping the fundamentals of reading at an early age is critical to a successful education," said Dollar General chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling. "The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support schools and organizations that help young people get a head start on their education with solid reading skills."