SAReads Receives Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Summer Literacy

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Literacy San Antonio, Inc. a $3,000 grant to support SAReads summer literacy programsThis local grant award is part of more than $7.5 million in grants awarded to nearly 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

SAReads students also enjoy literary experiences during the school year, like the annual trip to the San Antonio Book Festival.

SAReads students also enjoy literary experiences during the school year, like the annual trip to the San Antonio Book Festival.

The grant will support materials and books for family Summer Slide Workshops as well as the first ever summer day camp, a project also supported by the San Antonio Botanical Garden. This year, 50 families from 11 Southwest ISD schools participated in a Summer Slide Workshop where they learned strategies for continuing learning and reading throughout the summer months.

The summer day camp will be held in June at San Antonio Botanical Garden for SAReads students that participated in kindergarten through third grade reading tutoring. Campers will enjoy nature activities, literacy-themed lessons, free books and behind-the-scenes tours of the Garden. This literary experience is aimed at helping students prevent summer learning loss by building new vocabulary and improving reading comprehension.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant will provide SAReads students with books to encourage summer reading.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant will provide SAReads students with books to encourage summer reading.

“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.