Become a Tutor through FREE Tutor Training in Oct! Sign-up Now!

Become part of the LCUP Learning Community!  Many students are waiting for tutors. “Literacy Changes Lives!” You could change someone’s life by teaching Adult Basic Skills (ABE) or English as a Second Language (ESL) in your spare time!

Registration is now open for LCUP’s next free tutor training workshop on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 9:30 am to 4:30 p.m. the Dunedin Community Center’s Aberdeen Room (1920 Pinehurt Road, Dunedin, FL).

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Conversation Classes Resume & Continue in August

The following conversation classes with resume in August:

Palm Harbor Public Library Conversation Class – Thursdays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Dunedin Public Library – Wednesdays from 5:45 pm to 7:30 pm (children welcome!)

The following Conversation Class will meet until August 17:

Tarpon Springs Public Library – Mondays at 5:30 pm 

Please come back to the website often to check for the fall schedule of conversation classes!

LCUP Partnering with LSF

Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas in now partnering in our learning community with LSF Children & Head Start Services of Pinellas County. They offer Free Preschool enrolling ages from 1 to 5-years-old for the up coming school year 2015-1016!

Families must meet current Federal Poverty Guidelines in order for their children to qualify for Head Start/Early Head Start. Parents must provide the following:
1) Birth Certificate (Proof of Guardianship/Custody if applicable)
2) Proof of Residency in Pinellas County
3) Proof of Income for the past 52 weeks or previous calendar year (i.e. pay stubs, W-2, 1040, statement from employer, etc.)
4) Documentation of child’s disability (if applicable)
5) Photo Identification of Parent
Applications will be accepted daily at the Head Start/Early Head Start offices (see below for location).
Contact Info
For more information on the LSF Head Start Program, call 727-547-5979 or visit the office at 2210 Tall Pines Dr., Largo, FL 33771 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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701 N. Missouri Avenue, Clearwater, Fl 33755 727-443-3575 Mary Hardy
3600 Fairfield Avenue S, St.Petersburg, Fl 33711 727-321-9778 Joy Williams
421 Main Street, Dunedin,Fl 34698 727-733-2879 Torry Bain
1900 12th Street S, St. Petersburg, Fl 33705 727-823-7491 Charlene Thomas
802 Turner Street, Clearwater, Fl 33756 727-462-8323 Nitza Vega
1045 Dr.Martin Luther King, Clearwater, Fl 33755 727-441-9801 Leedrilla Jenkins
6085 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park, Fl 33781 727-544-3658 Linda Bell
15495 58th Street North, Clearwater, Fl 33760 727-535-5009 Diana Jahovaj
2390 9th Avenue S, St.Petersburg, Fl 33712 727-327-4144 Marilyn Fuller
1435 Lakeview Road, Clearwater, Fl 33756 727-442-6383 Johanna Prieto
12351 134th Avenue, Largo, Fl 33774 727-585-2745 Susan Thomas
915 Drew Street, Clearwater, Fl 33755 727-441-8326 Felicity DaCosta
920 Palmetto Street, Clearwater, Fl 33755 727-443-7582 Linda Edwards
516 S. Huey Avenue, Tarpon Springs, Fl 34689 727-938-4919 Charlotte Williams
513 15th Street N.  St.Petersburg, Fl 33705 727-827-1016 Donna Butler

Essay Example from Tarpon Springs Conversation Team Teacher

The following was written by Tarpon Springs Conversation Class Team Teacher Susan Hamill as an example to her students of how to write an essay for the 2015 LCUP Student Essay Contest. She read her essay in Monday night’s class and talked with students about the rules of the contest and that the deadline for entering this year was August 31, 2015. Susan and co-teacher Mary Frances Kirkpatrick will work with students wanting to try their hand at writing during class meetings Monday evenings at 5:30 pm at the Tarpon Springs Public Library.  

Becoming Part of a Community of Learning – I am a Conversation Class Teacher

by Susan Hamill


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I moved to Florida last November. I did not know anyone here. Because I did not have family or friends in the area I felt lonely and isolated.

My sister reassured me that I would make friends. She gave me the idea to volunteer with teaching ESL (English as a Second Language). This has been such a great experience.

The students are eager to learn. I help students learn English and they help me to feel like I am a part of this community. Now the students are not just students. They are friends and I now have friends from Mexico, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Algeria and Vietnam. 

I would not have guessed the desire to learn English would lead to so many new friends.