Dollar General awards literacy grants to Cedar Rapids organizations

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The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $10,000 to Cedar Rapids organizations to support adult, family and summer literacy programs.

As part of $73,000 in grants to organizations in Iowa, Dollar General is providing $8,000 to the Catherine McAuley Center and $2,500 to the Cedar Rapids Community Schools (CRCS) Foundation.

“Today’s announcement further demonstrates our commitment to serving teachers and students across the nation,” said Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, in a statement. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation believes everyone should have access to programs that help strengthen reading and build critical literacy skills, and teachers should have the tools needed for quality classroom instruction.”

The grants awarded to Iowa organizations are expected to positively impact the lives of more than 6,667 individuals, according to a press release.

Dollar General is accepting more applications from schools, public libraries and nonprofits within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center through May 19. Funding may be used to purchase new technology, equipment, books, materials or software to enhance literacy programs.

The Catherine McAuley Center offers one-one-one tutoring and small group learning opportunities to adult learners and refugees, while the CRCS Foundation provides financial support to Cedar Rapids Public Schools.