Dollar General awards grants for youth literacy support

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GLASGOW, Ky. (WBKO) -- As part of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, schools and nonprofits were awarded grants on Thursday morning.

Many schools in the Southcentral Kentucky area where lucky to receive the annual support.

"We were very, very excited today," says Kindergarten teacher at North Jackson Elementary School, Jennifer Clifford.

The amount of youth literacy grants awarded in Kentucky alone this year equaled $375,000.

"We so appreciate Dollar General," says Clifford.

"It's really an exciting time to get support from the community," says Red Cross Elementary School principal, Michael Davis.

One recipient, North Jackson Elementary in Barren County, is already making big plans.

"Children these days have technology in their hands at a very young age," says principal, Jeannie London.

Technology has become a critical tool in the classroom as early as kindergarten.

"Research shows that the sooner you can get those kind of things in the children's hands, the more they read," says London.

Another recipient in Southcentral Kentucky, Red Cross Elementary is also thrilled.

"We obviously are going to put it to good use and we're just excited about the opportunities to come," says Davis.

Similar to North Jackson, Red Cross Elementary plans to use their grants towards iPads in the classroom as well as manipulatives to help struggling students and others who may need advancement programs.

"It's always an exciting time to get any sort of extra help," says Davis.

Technology, not only makes learning easier.

"There's so much you can do with technology," says Davis, "There's so many ways that students are engaged with technology."

In addition, it adds another component.

"Making learning fun for them," explains Davis.

The annual grant for schools, non profits and organizations is making it possible to offer more to our youth.

"The added technology that we're going to have to take them to next levels, it will be amazing," says Clifford.

These Bluegrass educators are grateful, to say the least.

"It is amazing to know that we have community partners like Dollar General that are willing to put that much money into literacy for children," says London.

In total, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded more than four-million dollars in grants to more than 960 schools, nonprofits and organizations to support youth literacy programs.

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