Barren Receives Dollar General Grant Funds
The Barren County School District has been awarded $3,000 from the Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant Program. The Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant Program provides funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funds received in the Barren County School District will be used to provide technology, books and literacy materials for students at Austin Tracy, Red Cross and North Jackson Elementary Schools. Each of the three schools received a $1,000 grant award.
North Jackson plans to use funds to support literacy by putting technology in the hands of kindergarten students. North Jackson principal, Ms. Jeannie London, states, “Research shows that the sooner you can get those kinds of things in the children's hands, the more they read," says London. Similarly, Red Cross will use funds for iPads in the classroom as well as manipulatives to help struggling readers. "There's so much you can do with technology," says Red Cross Principal, Michael Davis, "There's so many ways that students are engaged with technology."
According to Austin Tracy principal, Joey Bunch, “Austin Tracy is truly grateful for the opportunity that Dollar General has extended our students. With this grant, our library will continue to grow. We will purchase books and technological devices that will meet the reading needs of our students. Our school is blessed to have community partners like Dollar General.” The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded more than four-million dollars in grants to more than 960 schools, nonprofits and organizations to support youth literacy programs.