The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas recently received a generous $7,300 grant from the Pinellas Community Foundation. The grant will enable the Council to translate the Pinellas County Guide, published in 2018, into Spanish and provide a copy for each branch of the Pinellas County Library Cooperative. The grant will also fund bilingual books for the Little Free Library located at Dunedin Elementary School. Grant funds will be used to purchase snacks and supplies for ESL conversation classes operating in multiple locations across northern Pinellas County.
Additionally, the grant will support two tutor trainings for new tutors and background checks for all new volunteers. Equipment and supplies to help students who want to become citizens will also be supported by the grant. Brochures and flyers to continue marketing LCUP’s services will also be funded. We are most appreciative of the Pinellas Community Foundation’s support for our literacy efforts.
Adult learners from the Dunedin Elementary School ESL Conversation Class participated in the Great American Teach-In on November 14. The learners were parents of students at the school, and they and their teachers read bilingual books in English and Spanish to kindergarten students at the school.
Volunteers from the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas attended a training seminar for adult educators, directors, volunteers, and representatives from immigrant-serving organizations. The seminar was offered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, on September 13, 2018, in Tampa.
Instruction was designed to enhance the skills needed to teach U.S. history, civics, and the naturalization process to immigrant students and to administer a comprehensive adult citizenship education program.
Standing, from left: Sandra Reyes, Daise Castillo, Claudia Gonzalez, Vicky Obando, Gaye Staskiel, Pat Bauer; Seated: Eileen Smith, John Troesser