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Elementary school
earns literacy grant


By Melissa Robinson
Contributing Editor 

  Providing another option for getting books into the hands of children, Dutchtown Elementary School recently received a $2,000 Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization, to be used to purchase 150 electronic books for the students.

  Dutchtown Elementary media specialist Janet Youmans said that students will be set up with a user name and password and the books will be available for them to checkout just as they do a regular book.

  “The students will be able to use their own devices that they bring to school since we are a ‘Bring Your Own Technology’ school and we have devices such as netbooks and a computer lab where they will also be able to access the books, as well as at home,” said Youmans.

  She said that last year, the school was one of the first in the Henry County School system to offer wireless Internet service. She said offering electronic books to students gives them more and varied reading opportunities.

  “So often in our library, books that students want are already checked out. With these e-books, they never get lost, come back late or get damaged,” she said. “And for some students, involving technology makes reading more fun.”

  In a press release, Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s Chairman and CEO, reiterated his company’s commitment to education and literacy.

  “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 Dreiling.  “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.”

  This year the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary and since its inception in 1993, 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.



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