Lee University’s CELL Receives Literacy Opportunity Fund Grant

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2023
  • Bethany Marsh, Lee University

ProLiteracy’s Literacy Opportunity Fund awarded Lee University’s Center for English Language and Literacy a $4,800 grant to support educational opportunities for adult learners.  

“The Center for English Language and Literacy is incredibly grateful for this grant which will allow us to meet the increased demand for English language services in our program,” said Dr. Christopher Blake, assistant professor of linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and director of CELL.  

The money provided through ProLiteracy will be used to provide summer ESL conversation and literacy classes for the refugees living in Cleveland and Bradley County. It will also be used to enhance the safety and security of CELL’s childcare program and to better connect the adult students with essential services in the community.  

“Nearly 150 adults and children from 24 countries are attending each week, and these funds will allow us to make enhancements to our program to serve each of them better,” said Dr. Blake.  

ProLiteracy is the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation. With over 400,000 members, donors, and advocates, they carry out programs and projects that help promote adult education through things such as basic literacy, English language learning, high school equivalency degrees, and more. They also increase the quality of these programs through technical assistance, professional and content development, and training.  

The Literacy Opportunity Fund awards grants to nonprofit organizations with funds ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 to support general operating expenses. This fund also aims to meet the needs of all types of literacy organizations, so they can effectively provide services to students. 

For more information about ProLiteracy, visit https://www.proliteracy.org/.  

For more information about the Literacy Opportunity Fund, visit https://www.proliteracy.org/Literacy-Opportunity-Fund.  

For more information about CELL, visit https://www.leecell.org/.  

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