YMCA of Greater Erie

Erie, PA  –   This week the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded the YMCA of Greater Erie’s Eastside Family Y a $3448 grant to support youth literacy.

“The Y fulfills an important role in the education of our youth.  We recognize that the time spent out-of-school is critical learning time for kids and just because the school bell has rung, does not mean that the learning should end,” said Tina Carter, Eastside Family Y executive director.

“Youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation 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 make in people’s live.”

The Y will purchase eight additional IPADS with cases to be used in after school programming for school-age children to enhance reading and electronic journaling, creating videos, presentations and stories.  These eight IPADS will be added to an inventory of devices that are currently used in preschool education classrooms.

Awarded at the beginning of the academic year, youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation help provide teachers, school and organizations with the funding and resources they need to properly begin the school year.  This fall, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded nearly $4million to approximately 825 schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations to enhance and support youth literacy and education across the United States.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education since its inception in 1993.  In the past 21 years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $97 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 5.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.