The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Trident Academy a $3000 grant for interactive e-books in support of youth literacy. This local grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.
Research has shown that incorporating interactive e-books for children who have difficulty with reading and comprehension helps develop and improve their reading skills. Interactive e-books generally have animation, music, sound effects, highlighted text, dictionaries, and model a fluid reading style, which assists students in their reading experience. The multi-sensory experience provided by interactive e-books has been shown to have a positive impact in measuring outcomes for students’ reading comprehension. With interactive e-books on iPads, the reading experience is also a mobile one for students. They may access the e-books from anywhere and can even read while traveling. This is an opportunity to open a whole new world for students with learning differences who struggle with traditional books and reading.
“By awarding these grants, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to making a meaningful impact in our local communities,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “These grants provide funds to support youth literacy initiatives and educational programs throughout the communities we serve to ensure a successful academic year for students.”
Committed to helping increase the literacy skills of individuals of all ages, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education since its inception in 1993. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.