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Children's book drive for Goodwill program

Published February 28, 2007


A children's book drive for Goodwill's BookWorks childhood literacy program begins Thursday. The program, which seeks donations of new or gently used books suitable for preschool age children, continues through April. It promotes childhood literacy by providing volunteer readers for children from low-income households. Volunteers read to groups of preschool children at Head Start centers and other locations, and each child receives a book to take home.

To make a donation, drop books off at any Goodwill store or donation site. For locations, call 523-1512 or visit To volunteer as a reader for the program, call Goodwill's Community Relations at 523-1512, ext. 1013.

Center sponsors teacher workshop

Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center will sponsor a Project Learning Tree (PLT) workshop for teachers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

PLT, a program of the nonprofit American Forest Foundation, is a multidisciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in pre-K through 12th grade. The workshop will be at the preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Registration is required. The cost is $10. To register, call 453-6500.

Poynter Institute offers scholarships

Tampa Bay area students who will be high school sophomores, juniors or seniors at the start of the 2007-08 school year can apply for scholarships for the Poynter Institute of Media Studies' High School Journalism Program. The scholarships, funded by a grant from the Gannett Foundation/Tampa Bay's 10 News, will cover the $325 tuition, all materials and field trips.

The program will begin with a two-week summer camp at Poynter from June 4 to June 15. Participants will return to the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg for workshops one Tuesday evening each month during the school year. Topics to be covered include multimedia storytelling, writing tools, media ethics and page design.

Scholarships are based on financial need. The deadline to apply for scholarships, and the program, is March 31. The Poynter Institute, a school for professional and student journalists in St. Petersburg, owns the St. Petersburg Times.

For information and applications, visit the Web site at or call 821-9494.

[Last modified February 28, 2007, 01:39:19]

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