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Free English Classes — New Locations and Times!

The new schedules for LCUP’s English Conversation Classes are here.  Classes listed include
locations in upper Pinellas County, so choose one or more to visit.  These informal classes give
our adult students a chance to visit with each other and tutors and practice their English language skills. 

There is no cost, and you can just stop in when you have some time.

                               Click “READ MORE” to see the schedules in English and Spanish.

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Back to School Event and Health Fair at North Greenwood Community Center

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.

 

Conversation Classes Resume at New Clearwater East Community Library

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.

LCUP Celebrates 30 Years of Service to Upper Pinellas

Tutor Carol Kennedy speaks at LCUP’s 30th Anniversary celebration

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.

City Commissioner Deborah Kynes presented a proclamation from the City of Dunedin in recognition of the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas’ 30th Anniversary.  Read the proclamation here.

The following history of LCUP was presented by President Pat Bauer:

                 A History of the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas, 1988- 2018

The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas grew out of increased need for adult literacy services in north county due to population growth and demographic changes in the 1980s. The council was formed by a group of dedicated citizens who were originally affiliated with the St. Petersburg Literacy Council and saw the need to incorporate the north county program. Our articles of incorporation are dated February 2, 1988.

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Cornflake-breaded Chicken and Orange-glazed Carrots. Yum!

HOC adult English learners pay close attention to the cooking demonstration given by Chef Donna

We had another awesome night at the Hispanic Outreach Center! We made cornflake-breaded chicken and orange-glazed carrots. It was a hit!

 

Chef Donna introduced us to some great money-saving tips like using canned juice concentrate rather than fresh fruit juices and buying the whole bird rather than just the breasts, tenderloins, etc. One of our students taught us how to properly carve a whole chicken in preparation for Thanksgiving.

Of course, the class was taught in both English and Spanish so our students bettered their comprehension skills while learning a new recipe.

Thanks again to our students and volunteers for a wonderful evening of fun learning!