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NMSU Foundation Receives $2,000 from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The New Mexico State University Foundation recently received a $2,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to support its youth literacy programs.

The grant will support the Writers in the Schools program, an initiative of the NMSU Department of English. The program engages the local majority Latino student population, grades 6 through 12, in using creative writing to explore questions of personal and cultural identity.

The program focuses specifically on below grade-level readers. Through reading well-known poets and authors and writing their own creative work in response, students gain critical language-use skills and mastery. Students in the program uncover new ground for self-expression, building a tool-box of reading and writing skills that increase their literacy and confidence as readers and writers. Funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will be used to purchase supplies and materials for students to create and print books of their collective work.

"Youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are awarded at the beginning of the academic year to help make a distinct impact on the communities we serve by supporting programs that improve education and enhance literacy," said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's chairman and CEO. "At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of serving others, and it's exciting to see the real difference literacy and learning makes in people's lives."

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, 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 $84.9 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, please visit www.dgliteracy.org.