Dollar General Awards Literacy Scholarships to Cedar Rapids Organizations


The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $10,000 to Cedar Rapids organizations to support adult, family, and summer literacy programs.

As part of $73,000 in grants to Iowa organizations, Dollar General is providing $8,000 to the Catherine McAuley Center and $2,500 to the Cedar Rapids Community Schools (CRCS) Foundation.

“Today’s announcement once again demonstrates our commitment to serving teachers and students across the country,” Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, said in a statement. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation believes that everyone should have access to programs that help strengthen reading and develop essential literacy skills, and teachers should have the tools necessary for quality instruction in the classroom.”

Grants to Iowa organizations are expected to positively impact the lives of more than 6,667 people, according to a news release.

Dollar General is accepting more applications from schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center through May 19. Funding can be used to purchase new technology, equipment, books, materials or software to improve literacy programs.

The Catherine McAuley Center provides one-on-one tutoring and small group learning opportunities for adult learners and refugees, while the CRCS Foundation provides financial support to Cedar Rapids Public Schools.

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