Dollar General Grant, Local Sponsors, Funds Reading Program

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Brian and Terri Kinder (front) perform the "Back Scratch" song during their performance on the Piggott square as an appreciative crowd joins-in.

Recently, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded the Piggott Public Library a $2,000 grant to support the 2014 Summer Reading Program.

"We are so excited about receiving this grant from Dollar General"' said Gay Johnson, library director. "This donation will help us to do some extra things for the children who participate in the summer program." This marks the fourth year the Piggott Public Library has received the Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant, which has helped insure continuation of the popular summer effort. The program also receives support from local sponsors, and has become an annual favorite for both kids and parents.

The Summer Reading Program is designed to help keep reading skills active during the summer months and to help stress the importance of reading.

"At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of serving others throughout the communities we serve," note Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's chairman and CEO. "It's exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation's outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people's lives."

The Piggott Public Library's 2014 Summer Reading Program kicked-off this past Wednesday, June 4, with special guests Brian and Terri Kinder performing a concert on the square. Over 200 kids and adults attended the Kinder's performance, which was sponsored by Piggott State Bank. Those attending were also treated to free popcorn, water and treats courtesy of Piggott State Bank and free balloons handed out by employees of Aerial Bouquets.

The Summer Reading Program continued on Wednesday, June 11, with a performance of "The Wizard of Oz" by a puppeteer. A special wildlife event will be held beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18, and the schedule will wrap-up at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 25, with a performance by magician Tommy Terrific.

Throughout the schedule during the month of June, all of the events will first be staged at 9 a.m. at the Rector Library and will then be repeated at 11 a.m. at the Piggott Library.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation was formed to support initiatives to help individuals improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

The Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for 75 years. With 11,000 stores in 40 states, they boast more retail locations than any other retailer in America. Those wanting to learn more about Dollar General may visit their website at

Those wanting more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, may visit

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