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Horizons program receives Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant

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CHESTERTOWN — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s a $3,000 grant to support summer literacy.

This local grant is part of more than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the communities Dollar General serves, according to a news release.

“We are thrilled to partner with Dollar General Literacy Foundation to provide targeted reading support for our promising students this summer,” said Amy Crowding, executive director of Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s. “Our reading specialists are getting ready to provide engaging lessons to promote the joy of reading and eliminate the summer slide. We are very grateful to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for their generous grant to support our work.”

This will be the 25th year that Horizons has provided academic and enrichment opportunities for underserved students in grades pre-K through 8. Their traditional in-person program is hosted by the Kent School, the Gunston School and Washington College during 6-weeks in the summer.

This year due to the coronavirus, Horizons will be offering a “Horizons at Home” summer learning program to keep students reading, thinking and exploring during the summer to prepare them for success during the upcoming school year.

Horizons will use the grant to employ reading specialists to provide an extra layer of support for struggling readers and promote reading as a pathway to a brighter future, the release states.

“During these extraordinary times, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to support communities’ literacy and educational advancements through funds that will impact thousands of students across the country,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “We are proud to support the meaningful and impactful work that each of today’s recipients conduct and support their ongoing efforts to help individuals improve their lives through literacy and education.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports 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 $182 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

To learn more about Horizons, visit horizonskentqueenannes.org.

For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, go to www.dgliteracy.org.

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