LSU Community University Partnership Awarded Youth Literacy Grant by Dollar General Literacy Foundation

09/13/2012 04:31 PM

BATON ROUGE – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a Youth Literacy Grant in the amount of $3,500 to LSU Community University Partnership, or CUP.


The Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s Youth Literacy Grants are awarded to implement new or expand existing youth literacy programs; purchase new technology or equipment to support youth literacy initiatives; or purchase books, materials or software for youth literary programs.


“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is pleased to support the literacy efforts of CUP,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “The Youth Literacy grants are awarded annually at the start of the school year so that the funds are in place to have an impact on reading education and support.”


CUP will use the grant funding to launch a new literacy program titled “Literacy Lagniappe,” a Louisiana term defined as something given gratuitously or by way of good measure. The program will improve the reading performance of at-risk readers to the appropriate grade level and increase the amount of reading completed by all students with incentives for reaching reading goals. “Literacy Lagniappe” will be piloted with approximately 445 kindergarten through fifth grade students at Buchanan Elementary School, located in the Old South Baton Rouge community.


“In the end, we hope the program helps students develop a lifelong love for reading, paving the way to their future success,” said Brandon Smith, LSU community affairs liaison.


As part of “Literacy Lagniappe,” access licensures to “Accelerated Reader” will be purchased for every student, giving them full access to “Accelerated Reader” software, learning tools, reading quizzes and literacy assessments. Additionally, more than 300 “Accelerated Reader” books will be purchased for students to use alongside the licensures. An average of 50 books will be purchased per grade level.


CUP’s “Literacy Lagniappe” program was among 564 non-profit organizations, community groups, schools and libraries throughout the United States to receive grant awards totaling more than $2 million. 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


For more information about LSU Community University Partnership, visit, or contact Smith at or 225-578-8699.

About Dollar General
Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with 10,000 stores in 40 states. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $74 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.4 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit

The mission of the LSU Community University Partnership is to maintain community relevancy through outreach. CUP focuses on building relationships between campus and community groups, activists, schools and interfaith networks. CUP strives to promote civic engagement, increase cultural competency, challenge historic sentiment and develop new strategies to accommodate the changing demographics of our community.

Melissa  Foley 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012