ELC of Manatee County to install hand sanitizing station at elementary schools, child care centers

ELC of Manatee County to install hand sanitizing station at elementary schools, child care centers

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Inc will deliver and install 206 outdoor weather-proof hand sanitizing stations to elementary schools and child care centers throughout Manatee County.

ELC was awarded a grant of $150,803 through the Manatee County CARES Act after applying for funding to help assist with the safe return of children to playgrounds during the on-going fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools and child care centers will also be provided with hand sanitizing gel for the stations.

Manatee School District recently announced that it would re-open playground equipment for Pre-K thru 5th-grade students at schools in the middle of this month.

Paul Sharff, ELC Chief Executive Officer, stated in a press release, "It is so important for our children in child care centers, VPK students, and all Elementary-aged children, to be safely back outside in playgrounds after months of uncertainty and change due to the on-going COVID-19 situation. We would again like to thank Manatee County administration for awarding this grant to allow so many local children to play again and have fun safely outdoors. "

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