September 30, 2014

Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards $50,000 grant to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Reading Clinic

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has again awarded a Youth Literacy grant in the amount of $50,000 to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Reading Clinic. This grant funding is used to provide partial and full scholarships to families of children who would not be able to afford clinic services otherwise.

"All of us here at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center — and most especially families whose children attend the Reading Clinic — were thrilled to receive the great news that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has once again provided a gift of $50,000," said VKC Reading Clinic director Laurie Cutting, Ph.D.

"The foundation’s gift truly makes a critical difference. It allows so many children to overcome reading difficulty through our one-to-one tutoring. The gift also provides partial support for training Metro School teachers as tutors using the evidence-based instructional methods of the Reading Clinic, as well as helping us compensate them for their tutorial time."

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Reading Clinic provides intensive, individualized tutoring using assessment and instructional methods proven by research to promote reading, and serves primarily children through middle school. The clinic uses state-of-the-art practices in teaching reading to students with reading difficulties or other students with disabilities who are delayed readers. Clinicians provide ongoing assessments on each student's progress on a weekly basis. This keeps everyone on track. Tutor, student, and parents stay informed so that the instructional program can be individually tailored to the student's needs.

"This is the sixth year that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided grant funding to the Reading Clinic," said VKC Director Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D. "Year after year, we are privileged to see these scholarship dollars being put to good use through invaluable tutoring and personalized attention given to young readers. We appreciate that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation places great importance on the fundamentals of reading, and we are honored that the foundation continues to value the hard work provided by our Reading Clinic tutors and facilitators."

For more information about the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Reading Clinic, call 936-5118 or visit the VKC Reading Clinic Web site.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s Youth Literacy grants are awarded to assist with implementing new or expanding existing youth literacy programs; to purchase new technology or equipment to support youth literacy initiatives; or to purchase books, materials or software for youth literary programs.

Last year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded grants totaling more than $2 million to 564 non-profit organizations, community groups, schools and libraries throughout the United States. It is estimated that approximately 315,000 youth will be served as a result of these grants.

Since its founding, Dollar General has been committed to supporting literacy and education. To further this support, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in 1993 to improve the functional literacy of adults and families by providing grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy.

For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation or for a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.dgliteracy.org.