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.
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.
Dunedin has its 17th Little Free Library, thanks to a cooperative project involving the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas, Dunedin Library Foundation and Dunedin Elementary School. The little library, which is located in front of Dunedin Elementary School, was recently dedicated. LCUP wrote a grant, funded by the Publix Foundation, to stock the library with both English and bilingual books (English and Spanish).
The Little Free Library allows students and residents in the area to take a book, read it, and return it, or place another book in the box for others to read.
Volunteers from LCUP teach an ESL conversation class for parents of students at Dunedin Elementary School on Tuesday mornings.