The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently granted WordPlay Cincy $2,000 in support of the Summer Reading program. This local grant provides opportunity for expansion on and beginning new programs for students K through 12th grade. This grant will support teaching students how to read, whether they are new readers, below reading level, or have learning disabilities that inhibit their reading; as well as students who just have a love for reading and writing.
WordPlay is honored to receive this grant from Dollar General, beneficial to building and enhancing our summer reading programming according to the 5 elements of our holistic approach to working with you: Personal Development, Innovative Approaches to Learning, Community Building, Creative Expression, and Future Orientation. Together, with Dollar General, we are able to extend the opportunities for empowerment through education that can be transformative.
These summer programs are designed to serve students finishing kindergarten, up through 8th grade; as well as those in high school, combating the summer learning slide that is accountable for more than 50% of the academic gap between students in upper- and lower-income households. Younger students (K-8) can choose between several free themed camps and workshops that include reading, creative writing, kinesthetic learning through field trips, creative projects, and group work. Teen programs will focus on creative writing and sharing on themes of community building, and current events; as well promoting self reflection, personal development, and goal setting. They will also offer spoken word performance opportunities for interested participants. Finally, open to all ages, a drop-in writing lab will take place. where staff writers will offer a helping hand with any ongoing creative writing project the students may have.
“By awarding these grants, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to making a meaningful impact in our local communities,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “These grants provide funds to support youth literacy initiatives and educational programs throughout the communities we serve to ensure a successful academic year for students.”
Committed to helping increase the literacy skills of individuals of all ages, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education since its inception in 1993. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test. At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers may pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services.
About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.