SUNDERLAND — The Sunderland Elementary School has received a $3,000 grant that will allow the purchase of new books for the school's library.

The grant was part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation this year.

"This is one important part of an ongoing project to renovate and improve the library for the students in Sunderland that I began when I became the librarian last January," said school librarian Polly Stone, "The new books, a new layout, new bookshelves, new signage, and nine murals of varying sizes depicting the students' favorite characters are all contributing to make the library a newly exciting place for the students."

According to the Foundation, the funds will be used to help the school to update and continue developing its library by replacing outdated books and other materials.

Stone said that in addition to functioning as a library, the room is also used as the art and music classroom, and houses various after-school activities. The subjects of the murals, which were painted by Stone, were voted on by students last year, and include J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter," the characters of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are," and the titular character from Kate DiCamillo's "The Tale of Despereaux."

Sunderland was one of three Vermont organizations to receive funds through the Youth Literacy Grant program this year. Also receiving funding were the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington and the East Central Vermont Literacy Consortium in Lyndonville.


"By awarding these grants, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to making a meaningful impact in our local communities," said Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos. "These grants provide funds to support youth literacy initiatives and educational programs throughout the communities we serve to ensure a successful academic year for students."

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation was founded in 1993, and since that time has awarded more than $127 million in grants. The non-profit organizations that benefit from these grants are chosen from among those within 20 miles of a Dollar General store or distribution center. Besides the Youth Literacy Program, the Foundation also manages adult, family, and summer literacy programs. You can learn more about the organization at

Contact Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.