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Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards local grant

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. - The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded the Literacy Council of Independence County, Inc., in Batesville with a $7,000 Waiting List Reduction Grant.

The literacy council will use the grant to reduce their waiting list for adult literacy services.

"We commend the word being done by the Literacy Council of Independence County, Inc. to help people better their lives through literacy and education," said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's chairman and CEO. "We are proud to help the Literacy Council of Independence County take steps to provide literacy services to students more quickly in an effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate waiting lists."

Adult literacy organizations across the country are facing increased demands for service, while struggling with decreases in available resources. the grant helps literacy programs find ways to immediately engage potential students in learning activities.

Since its founding, Dollar General has been committed to supporting literacy and education. The company founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in 1993 to improve the functional literacy of adults, families and youth by providing grants to non-profit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy. The foundation's 2011 grant programs will be available at in January.