Dollar General Literacy Foundation donates to Pine River Public Library
$1,500 grant received for summer program.
PINE RIVER — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Pine River Public Library a $1,500 grant to support summer literacy.
This local grant is part of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s recent award of a $10.5 million donation to support summer, family and adult literacy programs, representing the organization’s largest one-day grant donation in its 29-year history.
“This grant helps enhance the summer reading program for the children by encouraging literacy and reading in fun and engaging ways,” Tami Beto, Pine River Public Library branch manager, said in a news release.
The grant will be used for the summer reading program at the Pine River Public Library. The funds helped purchase prize incentives, craft kit supplies and guest presentations.
With the assistance of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant the library is able to bring in the University of Minnesota Raptor Center program and the reptile show from the Headwaters Science Center. The weekly presentations are open to the public of all ages.
"For nearly 30 years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has been proud to invest in literacy and education programs in our hometown communities," Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, said in the release. "The recent and significant shifts in the educational landscape have made the foundation’s mission more critically important.
"As we work to create access to high-quality instruction for all individuals, we share our gratitude for the educators who are working to uplift and empower others. We hope these funds will have a meaningful impact on students and teachers across the country and look forward to seeing the positive impact they have on learners,” Torr said.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports organizations that increase access to educational programming, stimulate and enable innovation in the delivery of educational instruction and inspire a love of reading. Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards funds to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.
The foundation also offers a student referral program for individuals interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency exam. Referrals to a local organization that provides free literacy services are available online or through referral cards found in the Learn to Read brochures that are available at the cash register of every Dollar General store.