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Sharon Elementary School is the recipient of $3,000 from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The money awarded to Sharon was part of nearly $100,000 presented to schools across North Carolina to help students and educators reach their literacy goals throughout the academic year.

The funds are aimed at supporting youth literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center across the four states Dollar General serves.

The grants awarded to North Carolina schools, including Sharon, are expected to positively impact the lives of nearly 8,000 students.

“Each fall, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation proudly provides financial support to schools, libraries and nonprofit literacy organizations that help students and teachers as they head back to the classroom,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “Whether it is providing books and technology or enhancing reading programs, today’s grants will help students reach their full potential through targeted literacy initiatives that impact the communities Dollar General serves.”

Statewide grants are part of more than $2.8 million that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Thursday. Recipients of the grant announcements plan to use Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds to help students learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam or learn English.

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