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Ridge Elementary receives $2,000 Dollar General literacy grant

Posted at 8:56 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 09:56:28-04

The Lafayette Parish School System announced Thursday, June 18 that Ridge Elementary has received a $2,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

According to LPSS, the grant is part of more than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits, and organizations across the country.

“Education does not end when students leave a school campus. It is a process that continues every single day. Through the support of our community partners such as Dollar General, we can help our students continue reading throughout the summer and expose them to new ideas," said Superintendent Irma Trosclair in a press release. "Reading during the summer months is vitally important as it helps to decrease the loss of learning that can happen during summer breaks.”

LPSS says the grant will provide students with a small bag of books for the summer that match with their current reading level. The books will allow students to continue reading throughout the summer and help those students who may not live close to or have transportation to a public library.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation, created in 1993, has awarded more than $182 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education, a press release states.

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