The Dollar General Literacy Foundation, based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, has announced that Regional School Unit 18 Belgrade Central School in Belgrade, Libby-Tozier Literacy Initiative Committee in Litchfield, Atwood Primary School/RSU 18 in Oakland and Regional School Unit 18 in Oakland, received youth literacy grants in the amount of $2,000 each.

These grants are part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states Dollar General serves, according to a news release from the foundation.

Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

Committed to helping increase the literacy skills of individuals of all ages, the 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 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 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 can 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.

A complete list of grant recipients can be found online at www.dgliteracy.org.

Grant applications for the 2017 grant cycle to benefit adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs will be available Jan. 2, 2017.

For more information, email [email protected].

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