The funds from this grant will be used to further Sunflower County Freedom Project’s summer programs for children and teens according to a press release.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities where its customers, employees and their families live and work.
The summer reading grant helps libraries and nonprofit organizations implement or expand summer reading programs.
“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation appreciates the work Sunflower County Freedom Project is doing to help students improve their literacy skills over the summer,” said Dollar General Chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling.
“Summer reading helps children continue their education while discovering the joy of reading,” Dreiling added.
“We’re thrilled to receive the grant, and we’re going to use the money to by class sets of classic novels, specifically civil rights novels,” said Director of the Sunflower County Freedom Project Nick Allen.
Allen named "To Kill A Mocking Bird" by Harper Lee as one of the books students will explore over the summer.
“Students will take a reading class that will draw upon themes in the books as well and help further their reading comprehension and other skills,” Allen said.
“We’ve received grants in the past but we are excited to work with Dollar General and it’s a great relationship for us to maintain,” he said.
The Friends of the Drew Public Library, as well as with the Sunflower County Library System, is also a benefiting from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.
“The grant is going to provide funding for us to maintain our summer reading program,” said Sunflower County Library Director Kay Slater. “We do this programs to help children to continue with what they’ve been learning during the school year so that they don’t regress.”
Sunflower County Library System's Summer Reading Program will feature readings from storytellers Brenda Prichett, Janney Flemming and Diane Butler as well as visits from the Mississippi State Extension Service and Smokey Bear.
The Drew Public Library's Summer Reading Program will revolve around a "night" theme according to Friends of the Drew Library President Deonna Cummins.
"We are very grateful for this grant which will enable us to continue our programs to increase reading during the holiday months by offering sessions that are exciting and entertaining. Our hope is that this will increase attendance at our library and encourage our children in a love for reading all year long," Cummins said.
According to the press release from Dollar General, the company’s Literacy Foundation has a long-standing record of gift giving.
Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $71.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations; helping more than 4.1 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency.