GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., Aug 23, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced that it has awarded more than $3 million to 812 schools and nonprofit organizations. The Back-to-School and Youth Literacy grants support literacy and reading programs for young people throughout Dollar General's 35-state market area.
"Grasping the fundamentals of reading at an early age is critical to a successful education," said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's chairman and CEO. "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."
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded 401 grants to schools to fund programs, equipment, materials or software for their library or literacy program. Grants were awarded to 411 schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations to implement or expand literacy programs. These grants are in addition to the 531 grants totaling more than $7.5 million that the Foundation has already awarded this year. To view the complete list of grant recipients, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
Since its founding, Dollar General has been committed to supporting literacy and education. The company founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in 1993 to improve the functional literacy of adults, families and youth by providing grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation's available grants, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
About Dollar General
Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 9,000 neighborhood stores in 35 states. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $50 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 2.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
SOURCE: Dollar General
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