Library Receives $3000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Literacy

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The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded the Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL) a $3,000 grant to support early literacy. This local grant award is part of more than $7.5 million in grants awarded to nearly 900 schools, nonprofits, and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

“This is our second year receiving this grant and providing literacy bags to local students. It is a fantastic way to further our efforts of increasing childhood literacy in our community. Every small and large thing done for our children makes a difference,” says Jessica McGrath, NPL Director. “Like our annual summer reading program, the goal is to create a life-long love of learning and reading in young children in our community. I especially appreciate the support of Brett Brunson, chief public defender, and the hard work of Dr. Michelle Brunson, NSU Early Childhood Education Professor, and NSU’s education students in helping to prepare the bags and assist in the distribution!”

The Literacy Bags contained a mix of supplies for reading and creating, including: glue sticks, scissors, paper, pencils, pens, colors, coloring books, children’s books, flash cards, and literacy information. The NPL chose and purchased all materials using the grant money from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. 400+ bags were packed and distributed to Pre-K and Kindergarten students at L.P. Vaughn Elementary – Pre-K and Kindergarten Learning Center.

“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.