Two area schools given grants for youth literacy initiatives

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded Florida schools more than $90,000 in grants. (Wolf Hoffmann / Dollar General)

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Two area schools are getting grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

“Each fall, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation proudly provides financial support to schools, libraries and nonprofit literacy organizations that help students and teachers as they head back to the classroom,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “Whether it is providing books and technology or enhancing reading programs, today’s grants will help students reach their full potential through targeted literacy initiatives that impact the communities Dollar General serves.”

More than $90,000 in grants are going to Florida schools, including Antioch Elementary School Media Center in Crestview and New Horizons Learning Center in Panama City. Antioch Elementary School was awarded $3,000 and New Horizons was awarded $3,500.

These grants are to support youth literacy programs within a 20 mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center across the 44 states the Dollar General is in. They believe this will impact more than 9,500 students' lives.

Dollar General says the foundation has awarded more than $172 million in grants to schools libraries and literacy organizations since 1993.

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