WINTERS - Last week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded the Winters Public Library a $1,000 grant to support summer literacy.

WINTERS - Last week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded the Winters Public Library a $1,000 grant to support summer literacy. This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves and will be used by the library to support the 2018 Summer Reading Program.

“We are honored to fund literacy and education initiatives, which support our mission of Serving Others,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018 and a legacy of helping people improve their lives through literacy and education. Including this grant, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided more than $154 million in funding to help more than 10 million people. We believe these programs can have a positive impact on the communities we serve and we look forward to continuing to partner with organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.”

The grant will help fund the Summer Reading Program, "Libraries Rock."

The program gets underway Tuesday, June 5 with a program and snacks slated from 1:30-3 p.m. Activities continue from 1:30 t 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. A pizza party and storyteller will be on hand Thursday, June 14 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The special Abilene Zoo program is slated from 1:30-3 p.m. On Tuesday, June 19, activities will be planned from 1:30- 3 p.m. The programs are free and open to the public.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support 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 $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.