Reading is the basis of most things in our life — not just for education but our jobs, how we get information and much more. Which is why literacy is important to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation who awards grants to youth literacy initiatives around the state. In Stephens County, Gabriel’s House Inc. and Central High School were recipients of the grants.

Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer and Dollar General’s Literacy Foundation board member, said these funds are aimed at supporting youth literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center.

“The grants awarded to Oklahoma organizations are expected to positively impact the lives of nearly 4,000 students,” he said.

Statewide, the foundation awarded more than $50,000 and nationwide more than $2.8 million.

“Each fall, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation proudly provides financial support to schools, libraries and nonprofit literacy organizations that help students and teachers as they head back to the classroom,” said Vasos. “Whether it is providing books and technology or enhancing reading programs, today’s grants will help students reach their full potential through targeted literacy initiatives that impact the communities Dollar General serves.”

Applications for the 2020 Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant cycle will be available on January 2, 2020 at

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