CHARLOTTE, NC – A Child’s Place (ACP) received a $3,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for its My Place Summer Day Camp.

ACP used the grant funds to supply educational and classroom materials for its My Place program, which currently serves 150 ACP homeless client children. Camps are held at three Mecklenburg County schools until Aug. 10. At My Place, rising first through sixth grade students refresh their math, science and English skills for three hours each day and participate in field trips, swimming and photography lessons and much more.

“Homeless children struggle in school, particularly since they move and change schools so frequently,” said ACP Executive Director Annabelle Suddreth. “They risk falling behind or repeating a grade in school, which is why My Place is so essential for our client children. Thanks to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, our campers were given the educational materials they need to help them succeed academically not only this summer, but continuing into the new school year.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded more than $6.4 million in grants to 593 nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools in 39 states. The funding supports programs such as adult literacy, GED preparation and English language acquisition. More than 410,300 people are expected to benefit from literacy services provided by the grants.

“Literacy is the key for opening doors to new opportunities and better lives,” said Rick Dreiling, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dollar General. “We are pleased to help local organizations enhance and expand their literacy programs to make education more accessible to everyone.”

About A Child’s Place
Homelessness for children isn’t just about where they lay their heads at night; it’s about where their heads are during the day at school, too.  Founded in 1989, A Child’s Place of Charlotte is working to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education, reaching 2,228 children during the 2011-12 school year.  In June 2012, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reported 4,922 homeless students enrolled in the county’s public schools.  To learn more about A Child’s Place or to make a donation, call 704-343-3790 or visit www.achildsplace.org.

Contact:
Sarah Melton | Development Associate
A Child’s Place | 601 E. Fifth St., Suite 230, Charlotte, NC 28202
T: 704.343.3790 x9550 or 704-943-9550 (direct) | E: smelton@achildsplace.org

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $71.2 million in grants to non-profit organizations, helping more than 4.1 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, go to www.dgliteracy.org.

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