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In June, 2017 we said good-bye to our long-time board chairman, Gerry Poppe. To honor his time of service,  a reading nook was established in the ELC lobby…”Poppe’s Place” Mr. Poppe will continue with his duties as Vice-President and CFO of Waterman Broadcasting in Fort Myers. Thank you for your service!

Thanks to Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club of the Fort Myers Area for securing a grant that allowed the ELC to purchase 550 books for the Literacy Buddy Program. Some of those books went to the Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center in Fort Myers and became the start of a lending library for the 4 and 5-year old children. To show their appreciation, the children put on a show featuring one of their favorite books: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. Have you thought about becoming a Literacy Buddy volunteer? You can sign up by tapping the big Buddy Button on our homepage.

We LOVE Southwest Florida Reading Festival at Centennial Park in Fort Myers. Every child receives a book. Proud to be a part of this annual event.

Celebrate Literacy Week Florida! in January 2017. Area preschools participate in a reading of “I Don’t Want to be a Frog” by Dev Petty. Some of the coalition’s Literacy Buddies help to read to children too!

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