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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 and other reading materials
in their environment. -- National Center for Education Studies.

Overview for 2021-2022
As of November 2021 volunteer tutors, mentors, etc. are permitted
in Tampa Bay area public schools so we proceeding with preparations
to begin our tutoring season January through March 2022.

If you would like to tutor with us, please email now at  

  • December 3, 2021 - Schools informed of the number of tutors coming in January
  • December  One-Hour New Tutor Orientations - scheduled as needed
  • January 4, 2022 week through  March 25, 2022  11 week tutoring series
  • January 2022 - Social for tutors, sponsors, and school leaders   date TBA

Our Story   2022 will be our 17th year of tutoring service!

Assisted by volunteer lawyers, judges, and other professionals in our community, Lawyers for Literacy has helped over 1200 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!

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 Lawyers for Literacy Schools:

  • This is a free service. LFL raises money to purchase and provide books and reading improvement materials which the students get to keep.
  • Schools select students that are within the LFL guideline.
  • Tutoring sessions conform to a routine that LFL and schools together have developed.
  • Tutoring is over the school and tutor lunch hour. Tutors sign up for the school, day and time that works in their schedule. Typically 5-15 tutors serve at a school.

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
  • Shane and Gabi Cunningham
  • Robert & Laura Craven
  • Denmon Pearlman Trial Lawyers - 2019 School Sponsor Lakewood Elementary St Pete
  • Bruce Denson
  • Christine Derr
  • DHM Construction Services  - 2020 School Sponsor Paseadena Fundamental St Pete
  • John Dixon
  • Dwight Dudley Family
  • Mary Evertz
  • Farese Physical Therapy Center
  • Neil Flaxman
  • Hon. Marion Fleming & Father Peter Fleming - 2020 Sponsor New Heights Elementary
  • Christian Giblin
  • Greene & Greene, LLC - 2020 School Sponsor at Bear Creek Elementary St. Petersburg
  • Linda Suzzanne Griffin, P.A.
  • Dana Greenbaum, PA - 2020 School Sponsor at Jamerson Elementary St. Petersburg
  • Rev. Donna Guillaume
  • Carla Turner-Hahn
  • Tom Smith and Sue Hanna
  • Paul and Sandra Hardin
  • Liz and Larry Heinkel - 2020 School Sponsor at Sexton Elementary St. Petersburg
  • Diana Holmes
  • Beth Houghton and Scott Wagman - 2020 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 - 2020 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 - 2020 School Sponsor at Sanderlin Elementary St. Petersburg
  • Legacy Protection Lawyers - 2020 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 - 2020 School Sponsor at Macfarlane Park Elementary in Tampa
  • Bill & Beatriz Schneikert
  • Schnick Family Foundation
  • Jeanette Secor P.A. - 2019 School Sponsor at Gulfport Elementary in Gulfport
  • St. Petersburg Association of Legal Support Specialists
  • Peter & Jennifer Strawser
  • Rhett & Marshal Stevens
  • Kate Taylor
  • Trinicon, LLC - 2020 School Sponsor at Northwest Elementary in St Petersburg
  • Tranquil Shores - 2020 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