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Manatee Literacy Council Receives Grant to Boost Adult English Language Learning Programs

The Manatee Literacy Council is thrilled to announce a generous grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. This vital funding will allow the Council to significantly enhance its Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs by providing laptops for in-person classes and acquiring educational software to support continued learning outside the classroom.

“We are incredibly grateful to the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation for their investment in our ESOL programs,” said Michelle Desveaux McLean, Executive Director of the Manatee Literacy Council. “This grant will empower our students with the technology they need to succeed in their language learning journey.”

The new laptops will equip adult learners with the tools to develop their English language and digital literacy skills. Participants will benefit from improved access to online learning resources, allowing them to practice their English skills independently and reinforce classroom learning. Additionally, the grant will fund the purchase of educational software specifically designed to support adult learners, providing a personalized and effective learning experience.

The Manatee Literacy Council plays a critical role in Manatee County, providing free and confidential literacy programs to empower adults. This grant from the Selby Foundation will directly impact a growing segment of the community, helping non-native English speakers gain the language skills they need to navigate daily life, pursue educational opportunities, and contribute more fully to our community.

About the Manatee Literacy Council

The Manatee Literacy Council is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to increasing adult literacy in Manatee County. Through one-on-one tutoring and group classes, MLC provides a supportive environment for adults to learn essential reading, writing, and English language skills. Their mission is “To empower Manatee County residents to independence through literacy”.  More information about their programs and volunteer opportunities can be found at www.manatee-literacy.org.

About the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation

The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation is a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The Foundation supports a wide range of initiatives, including education, healthcare, arts and culture, and environmental conservation. More information about the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation can be found at https://selbyfdn.org/.


Michelle Desveaux McLean, Manatee Literacy Council, director@manatee-literacy.org, (941) 746-8197