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Adult Literacy Program awarded Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant

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WARRENSBURG — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded The Johnson County Adult Literacy Program a $500 grant to support adult and family literacy. 

This local grant is part of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s recent award of $10.5 million donation to support summer, family and adult literacy programs, representing the organization’s largest one-day grant donation in its 28-year history.

The Johnson County Adult Literacy Program has a 35-year history of assisting adults in their desire to learn to read, basic math skills and English as a second language. 

The new materials, which will be purchased by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant, will be used to update the program and provide an education for adult learners. 

Family Literacy is an effective learning opportunity for both adults and children. 

An amount of $100 of the Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will be used to help a Johnson County school district to purchase books for their Family Literacy Nights to encourage family reading.

"For nearly 30 years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has been proud to invest in literacy and education programs in our hometown communities," said Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. "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.”

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 here or through referral cards found in the Learn to Read brochures that are available at the cash register of every Dollar General store.

For more information, visit jcalp.org.

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