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Trinidad Literacy Connection TLC

   

The FRA has built a warm professional relationship with the island of Trinidad, located in the  between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela. The project has been named the Trinidad Literacy Connection TLC.

 The project began very simply with the Lee County Reading Council shipping school items for both teachers and students to Trinidad. Over time the project was adopted by the FRA and is now our International Project.

 The goals of the project are:

  • To provide training for teachers.

  • To provide school items in as many schools as possible.

In 2002 and 2003 FRA was able to host teachers at our annual conference in October. Here they were able to avail themselves of the multitudes of sessions available. They were saturated when they left and they were also able to take back many items. This was due to the generosity of individuals and the vendors at the conference. This year plans are well on the way for our Trinidad attendees of the FRA Conference in October.

 In 2002, 2003, and 2004 barrels of school related materials were shipped to Trinidad where the items were distributed to different schools. The massive job includes receiving the barrels from customs, hiring a truck for transportation, paying for customs charges, and then getting the barrels to their destination where they are sorted and the contents distributed to schools. Thus far six different schools have benefited from the project. Items, barrels and shipping costs have been generously donated by local councils, businesses, vendors at the conference, and individuals.

 If you are interested in supporting this project you may e-mail Sherida Weaver at sheridaw@hotmail.com .