Help Dollar General & Purina improve literacy in children #sponsored

Posted on Apr 16 2015 - 7:13pm by Nicole Smith

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“I like books.” Those are the first real words I spoke to the man I would marry almost two years later when he asked me what I like.

Little did he realize how much I actually like books. I’m a word nerd. A book fiend. I read books on many subjects, both fiction and nonfiction, and it’s not uncommon for me to have five going at once.

To me, words can be beautiful and laced with emotion. They are more then just words on a page or screen.

I love the way I bleed from my heart onto the computer screen to create stories that inspire and impact others.

I love the way other writers stitch words together to create worlds that speak to me and transport me to far away places. Words allow me to escape from some of life’s harshest realities.

I love how words make me fall in love with characters that touch my heart in some way.

Most people who know me know that 99% of the time I have a book with me, no matter where I am. But what they don’t know is that I haven’t always loved to read. In fact, as a young child, I struggled with reading and had to be placed in a remedial reading program in transitional first grade.

When I started the program I read below my grade level and within a few short weeks I was reading at a third grade level. And by the time I graduated sixth grade, I was reading at a twelfth grade level.

I credit the help that I received from my school back then to the success I’ve experienced in my life up to now. Had I not received help I would not have become a published author.

I would not be writing this post.

I would not have read to my children in the womb.

And I wouldn’t have passed on my love for reading to my two children and my stepdaughter. 

But I did get help, and there are many children like I was who need your help today. And right now, YOU can help them.

Purina® and Dollar General have teamed up and they want customers to “Do More With Their Dollar” by purchasing Purina® products (Alpo®, Tidy Cats® and Friskies®) at Dollar General while utilizing four select digital coupons, found on the DG website. (Information on coupons below.)

  • Save $1.00 on one 12lb. bag of Purina® Friskies® Dry Cat Food
  • Buy any five 5oz. cans of Purina® Friskies® Wet Cat Food and get one can free (Up to $.50.)
  • Save $1.00 on one package of Purina® Tidy Cats® Scoopable Litter
  • Save $1.00 on any 14lb. or larger bag of Purina® Alpo® Dry Dog Food.

How do these coupons help children’s literacy?

For every coupon redeemed, Dollar General will donate $1.00, up to $20,000 total, to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation which gives grants to nonprofit organizations and schools in hopes of helping others learn to read, prepare for high school equivalency tests and learn to speak English.

This promotion runs from April 5th to April 30th, 2015.

Keep an eye out for a new site from Purina!

Soon Purina® will be launching a new website that will discuss a recent study that shows children who read to pets can actually improve their reading ability, as well as improve their self-confidence.

The website will also feature others ways our beloved furbabies can help our human babies learn, so keep an eye out!

Until then, though, we would love to see photos of your children reading to your pets. I’m including some of my son reading to our dog Mya. 

Don’t mind the goofy face he’s making. He does that in almost every photo I take of him lately. There’s not a serious bone in his body. Luckily I managed to snap another one of him attempting to show Mya the pictures in the book. She could care less. Got to love the pug personality.

You can share yours with Dollar General and Purina® via Facebook and Twitter.

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