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.
On April 30, English conversation classes resumed in their new meeting space at Clearwater East Community Library at St. Petersburg College.? The library is located at 2465 Drew Street in Clearwater, and classes meet on Mondays from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.
Classes had been on hiatus since mid-February, so it was a warm reunion for students and tutors and a welcoming event for newcomers.? The class is led by tutors, Jan Demers (back left) and Robin Pitchford (front right).? Tutors are welcome to visit any class.? We have many students who are eager to work, one-on-one or in a small group, with an LCUP English tutor.
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.