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Lawyers for Literacy

Helping Reduce Juvenile Crime . . . One Book at a Time.

85% of juveniles in the criminal system have below-average
reading skills. -- U.S. Dept. of Education and other reading materials
in their environment. -- National Center for Education Studies.

Overview for 2024
If you would like to tutor with us, please email now to  

  • January 2024 - One-hour New Tutor Orientations
  • January 18, 2024 - Gathering of tutors, sponsors, and school leaders  5:30-7:30pm
        3 Daughter's Brewing, 222 22nd St. South, St. Petersburg FL
  • January 23, 2024 - Schools each informed of the number of tutors coming to help
  • February 5th week through April 26, 2024  
    tutoring series is once-a-week for 11 weeks at 17 elementary schools

Our Story   2024 is our 19th year of tutoring service!

Assisted by volunteer lawyers, judges, and other professionals in our community, Lawyers for Literacy has helped over 1400 struggling third-graders pass the reading portion of the state 3rd grade reading / language arts exam and build a foundation for future success. We strive to achieve this goal in two ways:

  • offering one-on-one tutoring in vocabulary and reading

  • providing a personal library of books to each participating child which they keep to start their own home library.

Read more about Lawyers For Literacy

Get Involved!

50% of Florida's 3rd graders are reading below grade level..

Calling all Tampa Bay Lawyers, Judges, Paralegals, Law Students, and other Legal/Non-Legal Professionals:

  • Involvement in Lawyers for Literacy requires a limited amount of your time—just 1 hour a week for 11 weeks February through April.

  • Your time and support could determine whether or not a child is promoted to the fourth grade.
  • Tutoring a child is a proactive and preventive way to help keep kids out of the criminal justice system later on in life.
  • Your assistance and time commitment can leave a lasting impression on a child who may not have many positive role models in his or her life.

Read more about how you can get involved

For Lawyers for Literacy Schools:

  • This is a free service. LFL raises money to purchase and provide books and reading improvement materials which the students get to keep.
  • Schools select students that are within the LFL guideline of needing a little bit of help.
  • Tutoring sessions conform to a routine that LFL and schools together have developed.
  • Tutoring is over the school and tutor lunch hour. Tutors sign up for the school, day and time that works in their schedule. Typically 8-10 tutors serve at a school.

Thank you!

We would like to thank the following for their generous donations and sponsorships:

  • Larry & Maureen Ahern
  • Steve and Gloria Angel
  • Cohen & Feuer Arty
  • Banker Lopez Gassler
  • Mike and Barbara Brentnell
  • Amy Bryant
  • Cakes By Carolynn, St Petersburg
  • Centennial Bank
  • Certa Pro Painters
  • Behiye and Rahul Chettri
  • Mark Chin, Chinn & Associates
  • Amanda Clapp
  • Andrew Collinson
  • Community Foundation - Tampa Bay
  • Michael Conway, Conway Commercial Photography TecTao Designs Web Design
  • Shane and Gabby Cunningham
  • Robert & Laura Craven
  • Jack & Nancy Day
  • Denmon Pearlman Trial Lawyers
  • Bruce Denson
  • Robert & Jillian Doyle
  • Courtney & Charles Douglas
  • Doyle Wealth Management
  • Christine Derr
  • Charles & Courtney Douglas
  • DHM Construction Services  - 2024 School Sponsor Pasadena Fundamental, St Pete
    Heather & Dan Morin              - 2024 School Sponsor Sexton Elementary, St Pete
  • John Dixon
  • Robert & Jullian Doyle
  • Farese Physical Therapy Center
  • Neil Flaxman
  • Hon. Marion Fleming & Father Peter Fleming - 2024 School Sponsor, New Heights Elem.
  • David and Marsha Gemmer
  • Christian Giblin
  • Greene & Greene -  2024 School Sponsor Bear Creek Elementary, St Petersburg
  • Linda Suzzanne Griffin, P.A.
  • Dana Greenbaum, PA 
  • Rev. Donna Guillaume
  • Carla Turner-Hahn
  • Tom Smith and Sue Hanna
  • Paul and Sandra Hardin
  • Harris, Hunt & Derr P.A.- 2023 School Sponsor, Tampa
  • Liz and Larry Heinkel - 2024 School Sponsor Shore Acres Elementary, St Petersburg
  • Heinkel Tax Law Group
  • Diana Holmes
  • Beth Houghton & Scott Wagman - 2024 School Sponsor Jamerson Elementary, St Pete
  • Kathyrn Hynes
  • Harris & Hunt, P.A.
  • Lisa and Scott Johni
  • Law Office of Scott Johni, PA
  • Chad Johnson
  • Junior League of St. Petersburg
  • Koch & Hoffman, P.A.
  • The Honorable Lorraine Kelly
  • Kiwanis Club of St. Petersburg
  • Koch, Smith & Hoffman, PA
  • Douglas M. Lampe
  • Ken and Lynn Lark
  • Dan and Silvia Leeper
  • Leeper & Leeper, PA
  • Barbara Pacholec M.D.
  • Legacy Protection Lawyers, LLP - 2024 School Sponsor Campbell Park Elem. St Pete
  • Alecia and Sean Lobianco - 2023 School Sponsor,  St Petersburg
  • Jim Longstreet
  • Bill and Ria McQueen
  • Barbara Marshall
  • Simone Marstiller - 2024 School Sponsor Sanderlin K-8 IB, St. Petersburg
  • Patricia Martin
  • Tim Miller
  • Isabel Moore
  • Barbara Pacholec, M.D., P.A.
  • Kathleen Peters
  • Mark Powers
  • Maria Rawls
  • Dr. Mark & Leslie Ritch
  • Kimberly Rodgers
  • Rotary Club of St Petersburg - 2024 School Sponsor Maximo Elementary, Tampa
  • Ken A. Scaz - 2024 School Sponsor Macfarlane Park Elementary, Tampa
  • San Marco & Associates Private Investigators, Inc.
  • Bill & Beatriz Schneikert
  • Schnick Family Foundation
  • Jeanette Secor P.A. - 2024 School Sponsor Gulfport Elementary, Gulfport
  • St. Petersburg Association of Legal Support Specialists
  • Peter & Jennifer Strawser
  • Rhett & Marshal Stevens
  • Kate Taylor
  • Trinicon, LLC
  • Tranquil Shores
  • Laurie Valentine
  • William Weller and Cynthia Smoot-Weller
  • Penny Weston
  • Amber Flaxman Young

Many thanks to our community sponsors for supporting young student literacy in our area -



The H.C. Gemmer Family Christian Foundation