The Kislak Family Foundation donates $100,000 for literacy

Education Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Kislak Family Foundation granted $100,000 in April to the Florida Literacy Coalition. The gift from the Miami

Lakes-based charity will support new adult education and family reading and writing programs in the state, the coalition said in a press statement.

The gift will fund: Online classes in English conversation and citizenship; planning grants to establish community-based, family literacy programs and The Kislak Foundation’s “Get Connected” equipment fund, which will distribute tablets and laptops to adults to attend online classes.

“Through literacy and education, we gain the tools to help ourselves
and our families achieve goals and dreams that will enhance our lives,” said Thomas Bartelmo, chief executive officer of The Kislak Family Foundation.

Calling the Maitland, Fla.-based coalition “a perfect partner” for Kislak’s focus on assisting innovative education, Bartelmo said, “We are proud to support this impressive organization and its vital work.”

The coalition said it works with groups throughout Florida which help adults and families to develop English language skills.

“This grant will have
a significant impact on the programs and students that we serve,” said Greg Smith, executive director of the Florida Literacy Coalition.

The Kislak Family Foundation is a part of The Kislak Organization, founded by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Jay I. Kislak.

The firm and the foundation are at 7900 Miami Lakes Drive in Miami Lakes.

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