Jackson, MS (May 17, 2012) – United Way of the Capital Area received a $3,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant will be used to support United Way’s Pages of Promise program which provides books to students, classrooms and libraries so students can continue to read throughout the summer break.
“Research shows that students aren’t reading throughout the summer months lose about 6 weeks of academic growth, said Shawna Davie, United Way’s Director of Education Initiatives. “Access to books outside of the classroom is a major factor in summer learning loss. This grant will help us ensure all children, especially those whose parents may can’t afford to buy books, have access to printed materials over the summer break.”
Strengthening education is one of United Way’s goals for Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties. Pages of Promise is just one of many programs and partnerships designed to make sure children enter school developmentally ready for academic success and stay in school through on-time graduation.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities served by Dollar General. The literacy grants support nonprofit organizations that provide literacy services such as adult basic education, GED preparation, English language acquisition or programs for youth who struggle with reading.
For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.dgliteracy.org.