The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Lexington-Richland School District Five a $3,000 grant to support summer literacy. An announcement of the grant was made Wednesday.
The Dollar General grant will provide books for students who attend summer reading camp in the district to add to their home libraries. Lex-Rich Five will provide books that are on appropriate reading levels and that are high-interest to elementary students.
“Our theme for Summer Reading Camp is "Readers today. Leaders tomorrow," said district five director of elementary education, Tina McCaskill. “Our theme was selected based on the premise that any time students are given opportunities to be successful you build their confidence and belief in themselves. Therefore, empowering them to become successful citizens within our community.”
This local grant is part of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s recent award of $10.5 million to support summertime, family and adult literacy programs. The donation is the organization’s largest one-day grant donation in its 28-year history.
"For nearly 30 years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has been proud to invest in literacy and education programs in our hometown communities," said Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. "The recent and significant shifts in the educational landscape have made the Foundation’s mission more critically important. As we work to create access to high-quality instruction for all individuals, we share our gratitude for the educators who are working to uplift and empower others. We hope these funds will have a meaningful impact on students and teachers across the country and look forward to seeing the positive impact they have on learners.”
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports organizations that increase access to educational programming, stimulate and enable innovation in the delivery of educational instruction and inspire a love of reading.
Nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center are benefited by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards funds annually.
The Foundation also offers a student referral program for individuals interested in learning how to read, speak English, or prepare for the high school equivalency exam.
Referrals to a local organization that provides free literacy services are available online or through referral cards found in the "learn to read" brochures available at the cash register of every Dollar General store.