Today the Literacy Council Gulf Coast held its 7th Annual Carol DeJoy Moms & Tots® Family Literacy™ Bonita Springs Graduation Ceremony and 42 tots graduated.Twenty-nine of 31 tots attended the ceremony. On July 29, eight of 11 tots attended the Fort Myers Graduation Ceremony at Tice United Methodist.  The Council’s Moms & Tots® program teaches mothers together with their pre-school aged children. This past fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2013, the Council taught 1,410 mothers at 11 locations throughout Lee County.

Also, this summer we serviced 109 elementary school students at five locations throughout Lee County.  Educational extension activities were provided by Jessica Morrow, an FGCU student, and Literacy Council Gulf Coast staff. These activities give the mothers confidence to continue to come to English classes even though their older children are on summer vacation. Through these summer activities, elementary school students are able to work on the skills they learned during the school year.

Congratulations to all of our tots this year, and good luck!  We hope you have a fantastic school year!