About the Read to be Ready Summer Grant

In conjunction with the launch of the statewide Read to be Ready Campaign in February 2016, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation gave a $1 million gift to the department to fund summer reading programs for three years. The first grant period took place last summer and will reoccur for the following two summers. 

The purpose of the Read to be Ready Summer Grant is to fund programs that target low-income students who we know experience the greatest summer learning loss. The grants are intended to fund summer instructional programs that provide rich reading and writing opportunities for rising first, second, and third grade students. The goal is to develop a student’s love for reading over the summer months by providing them with access to a multitude of high-quality books at different levels and for different interests.