This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded the City of Wolfforth Library a $2,000 grant in support of summer literacy. Just two years ago, the Wolfforth Library’s summer reading program had 60 participants in grades K-8th. In an effort to increase participation and encourage children to read and develop literacy skills, the library has actively worked to further develop the program. Last year the summer reading contest served 203 children ages K-6th grade and 31 teens in grades 7th-12th. The library’s goal is to continue growing the program and encourage yearlong literacy for all children. The library strives to introduce reading to children at an early age and create a lifelong love of learning. The goal of the summer reading program is to provide rewards, incentives, and encouragement throughout the program based on individual reading goals. This summer, the library hopes to increase K-6th grade participation to 250 readers and their program for 7th to 12th graders to 50 participants. The Dollar General Grant has allowed the library to purchase over 100 new books for children and teens as well as direct $500 towards the cost of summer reading materials and events. Wolfforth Library Director, Kim Brown, says that the library staff is incredibly grateful to Dollar General for selection them to receive this grant and they are looking forward to an exciting summer reading program.
“It is exciting to see the impact grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make throughout the country, especially as we cross the $100 million threshold in overall donations and the difference it has made to nearly six million people,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation truly embodies the company’s mission of Serving Others throughout the communities we serve.”
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 $100 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly six 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.dgliteracy.org
The City of Wolfforth Library is located near the intersection of West 82nd Street and the Brownfield Highway. The Library provides free services to all residents living within the state of Texas. The library system holds over 25,000 materials including books, videos, audio books and magazines. In addition to these items, thousands of people enter the library to utilize print and electronic reference resources, access the internet through the library’s high-speed connection, enjoy state-of-the-art Wi-Fi service, utilize the new Job Resource Center, participate in computer and internet training, compete in a children’s reading contest, listen to story hours, or attend book sales. For more information about the Library’s upcoming summer reading program, visit http://wtls.tsl.state.tx.us/wolfforth or call 806_855-4150