Join the Early Learning Coalition and Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!
Clearwater, Fla.  (January 19, 2017)  Educators and child care centers throughout Pinellas County will be celebrating literacy next week--January 23rd through the 27th--as part of a statewide reading initiative.   Designated by the Florida Department of Education, the Just Read, Florida! Office,  and in partnership with Florida's Office of Early Learning,  Literacy Week is a statewide event held each year to promote the importance of early literacy experiences.   The Just Read, Florida! office takes "the opportunity during the week to encourage students to keep reading and improving their skills.  Students, teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers all celebrate the tremendous success Florida's students have accomplished...if Florida's students are going to shoot for the moon and achieve great success they must have the literacy skills that 21st century careers demand." 

The Early Learning Coalition will celebrate this year by hosting special guest readers throughout the week at various early learning sites.  Among this year's readers are Miguel and Holly from Hot 101.5's Miguel & Holly morning show, Trevor Pettiford of Bay News 9, Raymond of the Tampa Bay Rays Deputy Mayor Tomalin of St. Petersburg, over 25 Officer Friendly's, and many other community partners, ambassadors, and volunteers!   This year's book is "I Don't Want to be a Frog" by Dev Petty, where "dialogue between a frog father and his son makes its point about accepting one's nature with a big grin ." (googlebooks)

For more information or to accompany one of our readers, please contact Mary Burns at or 727-400-4442.
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The Early Learning Coalition is now accepting donations to buy discounted books from Scholastic, which will be used in our literacy programs this year. For more information on how to donate, visit
Contact: Mary Burns  |  Direct: 727-400-4442  |