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.
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.