On May 11, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced the award of nearly $500,000 in literacy grants to Kentucky nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools.

Included in those recipients are Big Sandy Community and Technical College, which will receive $8,000.

The funds, according to a statement from the foundation, are part of the organization’s historical, one-day literacy donation of more than $13 million throughout the 47 states in which Dollar General operates to support adult, family and summer literacy programs.

“It is a joy to celebrate this historic grant announcement during our 30th anniversary year,” shared Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. “For three decades, DGLF’s investment in community programs has created meaningful access to literacy skills for adults, children and families alike and exemplified Dollar General’s mission of serving others.  We believe everyone deserves the opportunity and access to a quality education, and we look forward to seeing these literacy grants inspire reading and build brighter futures.”

These grants aim to support schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center in implementing new literacy initiatives or expanding existing ones.

Funding may be used to purchase new technology, equipment, books, materials, or software to enhance literacy programs.

The grants awarded to Kentucky organizations are expected to positively impact the lives of more than 9,000 individuals, the statement said.

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