Lexington, Kentucky – Summer 2014 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Reading Camp a $2,000.00 grant to support summer literacy.
“We are so grateful to community partners like Dollar General Literacy Foundation, who join us in our mission to help children build their literacy skills and self-confidence,” said Michelle Sjogren, Reading Camp Executive Director.
“At Dollar General, we are passionate about out mission of Serving Others throughout the communities we serve,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”
Each summer Reading Camp(RC) provides struggling 2nd- 5th grade readers with a research-based week of camp that offers educational and personal enrichment. Each camp, from the director to meal providers, is staffed with trained, multi-generational volunteers. In the morning, campers receive individualized reading instruction using research-based methods in differentiated learning centers, including reading comprehension, creative writing, reading strategies, phonics/encoding/decoding, pleasure reading and sight words. Centers identify weaknesses and build skills in a failure-free setting. Reading Camp partners with the local school system to incorporate core content from school curricula and recruit certified teachers and trained assistants to work with campers. However, morning Reading Camp is not “school.” In fact, we want just the opposite experience. It includes games, activities and individual interactions with teens and adults that make reading fun! Afternoons focus on creating social and team-building experiences, both indoors and outdoors, that develop social skills, self-esteem and other “soft skills” that are predictors of future success. Through these experiences, counselors and tutors coach children to verbalize their feelings, think before acting, work as a team, calm themselves when frustrated or angry, and understand consequences for negative behaviors. These experiences are lead by peers, teens and multigenerational adults.
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, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
About Reading Camp
Reading Camp’s mission is to promote personal and academic growth and success of struggling and at-risk students through summertime non-formal educational opportunities. We empower and encourage at-risk children to be strong readers, engaged students, and responsible members of their communities. By integrating confidence-building and interdisciplinary activities into the literacy learning process, we address the needs of the whole child and take steps toward breaking the connection between illiteracy and poverty. Reading camp has 31 camps across the United States. For more information, check out www.readingcamprocks.org.
About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help other improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dglitearcy.org.
About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day! by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 11,000 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.