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GODFREY — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Lewis and Clark Community College a $10,000 grant to support family literacy.
This award is part of more than $7.1 million in grants awarded to more than 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 43 states Dollar General serves.
“The purpose of family literacy is to break the cycle of intergenerational illiteracy by helping the parents see that they are their child’s first and most important teacher,” Family Literacy Coordinator Nancy Young said.
“Studies show that a child’s educational success is closely tied to that of their mother,” Family Literacy Educator Barbara Dorris said. “Improving the literacy skills of the parent will have an important impact on the child.”
Lewis and Clark’s Adult Education division has been involved in family literacy since 1991. The services include GED instruction, career exploration and development, parenting workshops, family visits with fun literacy activities, library events and support services.
To be eligible for the family literacy program, the adult caregiver must be in need of basic skills instruction and living with one or more children age 16 or younger. For information, call (618) 468-4111.
“Consistent with our mission of serving others, we are excited to provide these organizations with funding to further literacy and education across the communities we call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “It is always so exciting to see the true and meaningful impact the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has on both children and adults looking to improve their lives through literacy.”
Since its inception in 1993, the foundation has awarded more than $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.3 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.