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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.

Children "do better academically when they read more . . . and have greater access to books and other reading materials in their environment." -- National Center for Education Studies.

Overview for 2019-2020

  • January 8-11, 2019 – Tutoring begins
  • March 25-29, 2019 – Tutoring concludes, state (FSA) reading testing is April 1 & 2
  • April-May 2019 – Award and Thank You Gatherings at each of 21 schools served
  • October 1, 2019 - School Schedule set for 2020
  • November 2019 - Kick Off Social for tutors, prospective tutors, sponsor, school leaders
  • January - March  2020 Tutoring

Our Story   2019 is our 15th year of tutoring service!

Assisted by volunteer lawyers, judges, and other professionals in our community, Lawyers for Literacy has helped over 1050 struggling third-graders pass the reading portion of the state (FSA - Florida Standards Assessments) 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!     Office@LawyersForLiteracy.org

35% of Florida 4th graders scored below the basic reading level.

Kids Count (2006, State Level Data)

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 January-March.

  • 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 Participating or Prospective Lawyers for Literacy Schools:

  • This is a free service.
  • Students receive individual tutoring from a local professional.
  • Tutoring sessions are designed to meet the reading needs of each student through a partnership between school staff and LFL.
  • Participating schools can help provide books for children who often do not have books in their home.
  • Participating schools can ensure that the students and tutors have the necessary support and supplies during their sessions.

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 - 2019 School Sponsor for Rampello K-8 Magnet School
  • Runell Bowman
  • Mike and Barbabra Brentnell
  • Amy Bryant
  • Cakes By Carolynn, St Petersburg
  • Centennial Bank
  • Certa Pro Painters
  • Behiye and Rahul Chettri
  • Amanda Clapp
  • Andrew Collinson
  • Michael Conway, mConway Commercial Photography and TecTao Designs Web Design (in-kind donation of services)
  • Shane and Gabi Cunningham
  • Robert & Laura Craven
  • Denmon Pearlman Trial Lawyers - 2019 School Sponsor Lakewood Elementary St Pete
  • Bruce Denson
  • Christine Derr
  • DHM Construction  - 2019 School Sponsor Paseadena Fundamental St Petersburg
  • John Dixon
  • Dwight Dudley Family
  • Mary Evertz
  • Farese Physical Therapy Center
  • Neil Flaxman
  • Hon. Marion Fleming & Father Peter Fleming - 2019 Sponsor New Heights Elementary
  • Christian Giblin
  • Greene & Greene, LLC - 2019 School Sponsor at Bear Creek Elementary St. Petersburg
  • Linda Suzzanne Griffin, P.A.
  • Dana Greenbaum, PA - 2019 School Sponsor at Jamerson Elementary St. Petersburg
  • Rev. Donna Guillaume - 2019 School Sponsor at Maximo Elementary St. Petersburg
  • Carla Turner-Hahn
  • Tom Smith and Sue Hanna
  • Paul and Sandra Hardin
  • Liz and Larry Heinkel - 2019 School Sponsor at Sexton Elementary St. Petersburg
  • Diana Holmes
  • Beth Houghton and Scott Wagman - 2019 School Sponsor at 74th Street Elementary
  • Kathyrn Hynes
  • Harris & Hunt, P.A.
  • Lisa and Scott Johni
  • Junior League of St. Petersburg
  • The Honorable Lorraine Kelly
  • Kiwanis Club of St. Petersburg - 2019 School Sponsor Sawgrass Lake Elem. St Pete
  • Koch, Smith & Hoffman, PA
  • Douglas M. Lampe
  • Ken and Lynn Lark
  • Law Office of Scott Johni, PA - 2019 School Sponsor North Shore Elementary St Pete
  • Dan and Silvia Leeper
  • Leeper & Leeper, PA - 2019 School Sponsor at Sanderlin Elementary St. Petersburg
  • Legacy Protection Lawyers - 2019 School Sponsor at Campbell Park Elementary St Pete
  • Barbara Marshall
  • Patricia Martin
  • Bill McQueen
  • Tim Miller
  • Barbara Pacholec
  • Kathleen Peters
  • Mark Powers
  • Maria Rawls
  • Dr. Mark & Leslie Ritch
  • Kimberly Rodgers
  • San Marco & Associates Private Investigators, Inc.
  • Ken A. Scaz - 2019 School Sponsor at Macfarlane Park Elementary Tampa
  • Bill Schneikert
  • Jeanette Secor P.A. - 2019 School Sponsor at Gulfport Elementary Gulfport
  • St. Petersburg Association of Legal Support Specialists
  • Peter & Jennifer Strawser
  • Kate Taylor
  • Tinicon, LLC - 2019 School Sponsor at Northwest Elementary in St Petersburg
  • Tranquil Shores - 2019 School Sponsor for Belleair Elementary in Clearwater
  • 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