HAZARD — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Hazard Rotary Club Foundation a $2,000 grant to support youth literacy. This local grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. 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.
“We are so honored to receive this grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. This money will allow us to provide books to children in Perry County. The Imagination Library program is a special program and we are so excited to receive such wonderful support,” said Kristin Collins, President of the Hazard Rotary Foundation. “We are currently providing books to over 950 children in Perry County every month, this grant will help provide the program to over 50 children for the next year.”
The Hazard Rotary Club Foundation has partnered with the Dollywood Foundation to bring the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Hazard and Perry County. This program provides a FREE book every month for registered children under the age of five. Each month, a new, carefully selected book is mailed directly to children enrolled in this program, regardless of family income. The books selected are intended to introduce children and their families to age-appropriate, developmental themes, language, phonics, vocabulary, exploration, and stimulation of the sense.
“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.
If you are interested in signing up your children for the Imagination Library, go to www.imaginationlibrary.com or get a registration card from one of several businesses in Perry County and send it in.