St. Mary’s school awarded $3,000 dollar General Literacy grant

Friday, September 18, 2020

St. Mary’s Schools have received a $3,000 Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant for the school library. The funds will be used to support new and ongoing youth literacy programs.

Thirteen grants will be awarded in Iowa. St. Mary’s was among three schools in the region chosen for grants, with Okoboji and MMCRU in Remsen also funded.

The foundation announced it will give out a total of $33,000 in literacy grants.

“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.”

Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $186 million in grants to schools, libraries, and other organizations located within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General business.