The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the West Marion Elementary School Library Learning Commons an $1,800 grant to support summer literacy. This local grant is part of more than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the communities Dollar General serves.
“We are super excited to be able to continue our One School, One Book program for our students this summer thanks to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation,”. “ said Ashley Greene, Media Coordinator at WMES. “Students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade will be able to enjoy a free book and participate in different projects and activities throughout the summer pertaining to the book. One School, One Book is a part of the Read to Them program that promotes family literacy. Our school’s program is designed to fully involve parents, staff, and students in the education of all students at West Marion Elementary School and instill an importance of reading aloud at home.”
Program Details from the school system: We will implement a summer reading program called One School, One Book. All students in grades pre-kindergarten through fourth will receive a copy of the same book. The students will read the book and participate in reading activities, projects and challenges together with their families throughout the summer. They will increase their reading proficiency, foster a love of reading and participate in a project where reading instruction involves the entire family. There will be online discussions of the book and the projects. Families will have a chance to share their projects and reading experiences through social media, as well. There will be a variety of challenges provided, including paper/pencil and digital. The students would receive their books in June. They will have until the middle of August to finish the book and complete the reading challenges. The students will receive incentives for completed projects.
“During these extraordinary times, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to support communities’ literacy and educational advancements through funds that will impact thousands of students across the country,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “We are proud to support the meaningful and impactful work that each of today’s recipients conduct and support their ongoing efforts to help individuals improve their lives through literacy and education.”
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 $182 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
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