Goodlettsville, Tenn. — Three schools in the region are among those across the state sharing in $75,000 in youth literacy grants, according to an announcement by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
The local schools are:
Gansevoort Elementary School, Rome, $5,000;
Dolgeville Manheim Elementary School, Dolgeville, $1,500; and
Utica Academy of Science, Utica, $2,000.
The grants, distributed to teachers, libraries and nonprofit organizations, aim to support youth literacy programs in the communities Dollar General serves.
Altogether, the grants awarded to New York organizations are expected to positively impact the lives of more than 8,880 residents, the Dollar General Foundation announcement said.
The grants are also part of a collective $4.5 million effort from Dollar General and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation that includes more than $3 million in youth literacy programs from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, a new $1.45 million partnership with education nonprofit DonorsChoose and a $50,000 donation to a West Virginia literacy organization to recognize World Teacher Day.
“The urgency to support childhood literacy has never been greater, and we are honored to support the teachers, school officials, library staff and a network of nonprofits working every day to ensure the next generation is able to build the skills necessary to thrive and achieve their ambitions,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General, CEO and also a board member of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.