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St. Petersburg SunLit Festival starts Friday

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St. Petersburg’s second annual SunLit Festival officially kicks off this Saturday with an award ceremony honoring the city’s Poet Laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace. The 2 p.m. event at the Main Library located at 3745 Ninth Ave. N. launches 10 days of celebration of literacy, literature and writers. The festival runs through March 13. The sixth annual James Weldon Johnson Literacy Festival is also Saturday. It runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the community library in his name located…

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New early childhood education tool available in St. Petersburg

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Early childhood education has been at the center of much debate over how to improve educational outcomes for students. That conversation has become prevalent in St. Pete where five elementary schools are chronically failing. Officials and elected leaders in the city have suggested finding money in the city’s budget to increase availability of pre-k programs above and beyond the VPK already available to 4-year-olds. While that goal may be long-term and potentially costly, the city is launching another option. Miss…

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Pinellas County School District wants parents to attend “univeristy”

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If ever there was a public agency charged with paying close attention to spellcheck and committed to giving written correspondence a second glance before distributing, it’s a school district. But alas, the Pinellas County School District seems too much in a hurry to hit the send button to be bothered with things as silly as spelling. Literacy be damned. In an email blast to parents Thursday inviting them to participate in a free workshop Saturday, someone over at the district…

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David Jolly unveils new Little Free Libraries across Pinellas County

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Congressman David Jolly unveiled one of nine Little Free Libraries in Largo outside the Greater Ridgecrest YMCA Monday morning. The libraries are boxes set up in various locations where people can “take a book, leave a book.” The concept is designed to promote literacy and encourage kids to read by making books available easily and at no cost. “I am very grateful for our community partners for bringing free books into neighborhoods to help kids discover the joy of reading.,”…

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The outlook for Florida children looks grim

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Florida ranks 37th in the nation for child well-being. The latest KIDS COUNT Index moved Florida up one spot from 2014, but the data compiled shows there is still much to do – especially for minority children and those living in poverty. The data ranks Florida 45th in economic well-being, 27th in education, 38th in health, 34th in family and community. Even in the state’s most positive area, Florida is still worse off for kids than more than half the…

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