Oxford College of Emory University in partnership with The Path Project recently received a $2,500 Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to support its literacy programs.
The grant will be used in programs that partner college students from Oxford College with elementary-age children living in an at-risk community in the Covington area near the college, according to a news release. Volunteers from the college will work alongside children to help them complete homework related to literacy.
The Path Project, formerly known as the Hope Center, assists kids in the Loganville and Snellville area in addition to other metro Atlanta locations. Locally, the nonprofit offers programs at the Gwinnett Estates and Bay Creek Mobile Home communities in Loganville, and last year they began work at the Stone Mountain Mobile Home Community in Stone Mountain.
Student volunteers from Oxford College and the Path Project staff state that they are, “excited for the books, magazines, and literacy education materials that will be available to the at-risk students.”
The books, magazines and literacy resources will be used during a two-day a week after school program where college volunteers and service learning students will be paired with children who are learning English as their second language and are lagging behind their peers in all academic areas especially those related to literacy.
“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 has supported 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. Go to www.path-project.org for more details on The Path Project.