Dollar General Literacy Grant to benefit county students

PRINCETON, WV, August 22, 2013:  Yesterday the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded more than $2.5 million to approximately 650 schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations across the United States.  Six awards went to WV entities, including $3,270 to the Mercer County Technical Education Center for a proposal called “After the Bell.”

Randy Sparks, Adult and Community Education Coordinator at MCTEC, said he applied for the grant in order to fund two 6-week afterschool literacy sessions for elementary students, one in the fall and another in the spring. 

Sparks’ idea was consistent with the objective of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation:  to “implement new or expand existing literacy programs .” 

Dollar General’s Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organization to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading.  The awards can be used to purchase new technology or equipment to support reading initiatives, and to purchase books, materials or software for literacy programs.

In fiscal 2012, Dollar General annual rang up sales of $26.02 billion dollars. With more than 10,000 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more stores than any retailer in America.

“Youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are awarded at the beginning of the academic year to help make a distinct impact on the communities we serve by supporting programs that improve education and enhance literacy,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of serving others and it’s exciting to see the real difference literacy and learning makes in people’s lives.”

Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $84.9 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit