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BCPS Receives Health Literacy Grant for Broward Community Schools Family Literacy

Thursday, June 25, 2015
The District’s Broward Community Schools Family Literacy program has been awarded a health literacy grant in the amount of $5,000 by the Florida Literacy Coalition, through the generous support of the Florida Blue Foundation.

The grant will help improve the overall health of adult English For Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students and their families through lessons and activities presented in the updated Staying Healthy curriculum in literacy classes; the creation of a student-developed Healthy Families resource guide and recipe cookbook; and the implementation of a Family Fitness Day and Health Fair, which will provide health education materials and free health services to the Family Literacy community at Broward County Public Schools (BCPS).  

Through this partnership, the Florida Literacy Coalition will help build the capacity of ESOL adult students and their families to make appropriate health decisions. Grant funds will be used to support adult ESOL and/or family literacy program expenses. Grant funds will also be available for a program implementing staff to participate in a conference with other ESOL service providers on health literacy integration models. BCPS will also have access to 
Florida Literacy Coalition education materials and curricula that are geared towards adult ESOL students and their families.

This grant supports the District’s Strategic Plan Goal of High-Quality Instruction through curriculum strengthening, teacher development and the encouragement of students to be active learners through projects.

For more information about the Florida Literacy Coalition, visit floridaliteracy.org. 

Established in 1985, The Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) promotes, supports and advocates for the effective delivery of quality adult and family literacy services in the state of Florida. As a statewide umbrella literacy organization and the host of Florida’s State Literacy Resource Center, FLC provides a range of services to support more than 300 adult education, literacy and family literacy providers throughout Florida. Special emphasis is placed on assisting community based literacy organizations with their training and program development needs.

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 99 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 204 different countries and speak 135 different languages. For more information about BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @Browardschools, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.