Several of our Conversation Classes were graced by the presence of three visitors from Brazil. Aline, Lucas and Fernando attended classes often during their vacation here, and John Troesser acted as their unofficial escort for some of their activities. They were impressed by our efforts to teach English to those who need it and said they enjoyed being included in the classes. The tutors and students were happy to have them join us, and it was difficult to say goodbye. We hope they will return next year.
Soha Awad, LCUP tutor (on the right in picture below), greeted students and parents at North Greenwood Community Center’s Back to School Event and Health Fair. She had big mouth cat and shark pictures to color and crayons to send home.
Several volunteers attended the event on August 4 to talk about ESL classes offered by the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas. We now have 14 English classes at 9 locations and individual tutors. Therefore, more volunteers are always needed.
The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas recently received a $1,175 grant from the ProLiteracy National Book Fund. The National Book Fund makes grants for educational materials for adult literacy and adult basic education programs. These programs help teach adults to read.
The grant was used to purchase 50 Tutor books published by New Readers Press. Tutor offers step-by-step instructions for working with basic literacy adult learners in one-to-one, small group, or classroom settings. These books will be given to all new LCUP volunteers during fall and spring tutor training sessions.