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.
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.
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.