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Two groups benefit from literacy grants

June 3rd, 2012 11:52 pm by staff report

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport and the Literacy Council of Kingsport Inc. have received grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The BGCGK will use its $2,000 grant to fund a summer reading program to club members attending the Hawkins County Unit during the summer school break. Members will be challenged to read one book each week, utilize the club’s Reading Plus software, and participate in small group reading circles.

“Through combining our Reading Plus software program with individual and small group reading circles, we believe a majority of participants will increase their reading and retention abilities by at least one grade level,” said Lisa Beilharz-Tyler, chief professional officer. “This grant will provide the incentive for our members to read and excel this summer.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport’s mission is to provide a club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through its doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle

The Literacy Council of Kingsport will use its $10,600 grant to fund literacy and basic education programs for adults.

“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation proudly supports Literacy Council of Kingsport Inc.’s efforts to improve education for adults,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “Their focus on helping adults reach their educational goals is creating brighter futures for many families.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities served by Dollar General. The literacy grants support nonprofit organizations that provide literacy services such as adult basic education, GED preparation, English language acquisition or programs for youth who struggle with reading.

For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, visit

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