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LCUP RECEIVES GRANT FROM PINELLAS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

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.

THE GREAT AMERICAN TEACH-IN

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.

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.

NEW LITTLE FREE LIBRARY IN DUNEDIN

 

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.

Fall 2017 Free Conversation Class Calendar – Join Us!

Here is the schedule for Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas’ Conversation Classes for September, October, November and December.  A good way to practice your English skills is to talk to other learners, and these fun sessions are great.  You can speak  English and learn some new vocabulary and how the English language works.  Children are welcome and you can just stop in and see what we do.  We look forward to seeing you there.