Read Across America Event on March 2, Dr. Seuss Birthday

Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas volunteer Susanne Carter brought her precious Beagle, Huck, to celebrate reading at Dunedin Elementary School.  Susanne and adult learner Juana enjoyed reading bilingual books in English and Spanish to kindergarten students.

LCUP Celebrates 30 Years of Service to Upper Pinellas

Tutor Carol Kennedy speaks at LCUP’s 30th Anniversary celebration

On February 17, LCUP celebrated its 30th Anniversary of Changing Lives Through Literacy at the Dunedin Public Library.  The well-attended event included the organization’s annual meeting with speakers Pat Bauer, President, Library Director Phyllis Gorshe,  Jan Demers and Carol Kennedy.  Both Jan and Carol are members of the LCUP Board of Directors, tutors and Conversation Class leaders and spoke about their experiences in literacy.  Learner Dorotea Chavez spoke about the difference learning English has made in her life.

City Commissioner Deborah Kynes presented a proclamation from the City of Dunedin in recognition of the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas’ 30th Anniversary.  Read the proclamation here.

The following history of LCUP was presented by President Pat Bauer:

                 A History of the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas, 1988- 2018

The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas grew out of increased need for adult literacy services in north county due to population growth and demographic changes in the 1980s. The council was formed by a group of dedicated citizens who were originally affiliated with the St. Petersburg Literacy Council and saw the need to incorporate the north county program. Our articles of incorporation are dated February 2, 1988.

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FAREWELL, SISTER MERITA, AND THANK YOU!

Sister Merita has returned to Ohio, and the students and tutors of the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas attended her farewell party.  Her friend, Sister Renetta, also attended.   Here’s the story of her life of dedication and love:

Sister Merita (left) with her friends at her LCUP farewell party.


Sister Merita Strahler

Sister Merita Strahler, SND (Sisters of Notre Dame), a resident of Dunedin for 17 years, has been a longtime teacher, advocate, and volunteer helping refugees and immigrants make a new start in this country.

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A Big Thank You to Pinellas Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Dunedin, READ Pinellas, and the Publix Foundation

The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas recently received several grants to support its various literacy efforts.

LCUP received a grant from the Pinellas Community Foundation which will support supplies for tutor training events, snacks and supplies for conversation classes, LCUP’s annual tutor appreciation event,
a News for You subscription, and outreach efforts.

The organization also received a grant from the Rotary Club of Dunedin to purchase bilingual books. These books will be used to fill the Little Free Library in front of Dunedin Elementary School.

READ Pinellas provided funding for LCUP to purchase the online reading program, ESL Reading Smart, for students to continue studying English at home.

Additionally, LCUP received a grant from the Publix Foundation to provide snacks and supplies for conversation classes.