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Adult and Family Literacy Council



The Adult & Family Literacy Council's mission is:

    (1)    To support adult and family literacy programs in existence and to provide resources and leadership through awareness of current issues.

    (2)    To create awareness of how adult and family literacy programs can assist local reading councils.

    (3)    To provide resources and heightened awareness of the need for adult and family literacy.

    (4)    To support adult and family literacy volunteers.


Past Presidents:

    Mary Henry

    Joye Shaffer

    Evelyn Maycumber

Current President:

    Susan Shugar    email:  ishugar@mindspring.com

                                phone:   305-861-7777


Lois and Sheldon Leibow given the Joye Coy Shaffer Award for Volunteerism.

Lois and Sheldon Leibow are very active volunteers with the Literacy Volunteers of Leon County in Tallahassee.  They work as a team conducting tutoring sessions for small groups of English as a Second Language learners.  The Leibows used the Crossroads Cafe series and were part of a U.S. Department of Education test group.  They have tutored seven learners in the past two years.  "They have recently added two more learners," reports Ellen Lauricella, the program director who nominated the Leibows.

In addition to their literacy volunteer activities, the Leibows deliver Meals on Wheels, are active in the Tallahassee Little Theater and the local Senior Center.   Lois works on several committees for the Sisterhood of Temple Israel.

Lois has a Bachelor's degree from Douglass College and a Master's degree from Hunter's College.  Sheldon received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.D. from the New York University College of Medicine.  He was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics.  In 1991 he received a Master's degree in Medical Anthropology from the New School in New York.  He then became involved in foster care, child neglect and abuse issues.  Both of these fine people are certainly "on the move" in their retirement.  They received a plaque and a check for $100 for their outstanding work in the field of literacy.  Congratulations!


Past Recipients of the Joye Coy Shaffer Award for Volunteerism:

2000    Lois and Sheldon Leibow, Literacy Volunteers of Leon County (Tallahassee)

1999    Marcia Amstell, Dade County Public Schools, Dade County (Miami)

1998    Mary Henry, Yankeetown Public Library, Levy County (Yankeetown)

1997    Dorothy Straight, Association of Florida Lauback Organizations, Lake County (Groveland)

1996    Judy Peterson, Literacy Volunteers of America, Collier County (Naples)

Membership Form for the Adult & Family Literacy Council

Nomination Form for the Joye Coy Shaffer Award for Volunteerism

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