Mid-South schools, nonprofits receive almost $25K in literacy gr - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mid-South schools, nonprofits receive almost $25K in literacy grants

(Source: Dollar General Literacy Foundation) (Source: Dollar General Literacy Foundation)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Eight Mid-South foundations received literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation on Thursday.

The grants are aimed at supporting youth literacy and are part of more than $4.5 million in youth literacy grants the Foundation awards to more than 1,000 organizations in 43 states. 

The local grant recipients include Hernando Elementary School, DeSoto Central Primary in Southaven, Hope Sullivan Elementary in Southaven, Kipp Memphis Collegiate Middle, Memphis Leadership Foundation, Mitchell Middle/High School, Sherwood Elementary, and White Station Middle School.

White State Middle School received $3,786.43 in grant money. The rest of the recipients received $3,000.

"By awarding these grants, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to making a meaningful impact in our local communities," Todd Vasos, Dollar General's Chief Executive Officer, said. "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."

The Foundation awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and, as a result, helped nearly 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education since the beginning of the foundation in 1993. 

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants annually to nonprofits organizations, schools, and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center in order to support, family, summer, and youth literacy programs. The grants are awarded at the start of the school year.

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