The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently announced plans to help make a difference during the upcoming academic year with the award of nearly $55,000 in literacy grants in Arkansas.

With these funds, educators at 18 schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations across the Arkansas communities that Dollar General calls home will have additional resources to support new and ongoing youth literacy programs.

This includes a $4,000 grant for the Marmaduke School District in Greene County.

A complete list of the recipients can be found at www.dgliteracy.org.

“This year, many teachers, libraries and literacy organizations are facing new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “Despite the unprecedented obstacles, we admire the tremendous efforts and commitments from educators as they work to provide students with the tools they need to develop their literacy skills. We hope these funds will help support their plans to advance learning and deliver quality instruction in our hometown communities.”

Grant recipients plan to use awarded funds to promote literacy and learning among new and ongoing youth literacy programs. Other Arkansas recipients include:

Bentonville Child Care and Development Center

Pea Ridge School District Tutoring Resources of Arkansas, Inc.

United Way of Northeast Arkansas (Jonesboro)

Mountainburg School District

TOPPS, Inc. (Pine Bluff)

YouthPartners of Pine Bluff/Jefferson County

Star City School District

Manila School District

Osceola School District

Trumann School District

AR Kids Read (Little Rock)

Little Rock West High School of Innovation

Northside High School (Fort Smith)

South Sebastian County Boys and Girls Club

United Way of Fort Smith Area, Inc.

Literacy Coalition-South Central Arkansas (El Dorado)

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