Pinellas Adult and Community Education was recognized by the Florida ACE Network for its "exemplary and innovative program in family literacy." The Pinellas program was one of 12 selected this year by the ACE Network, which is financed by the Florida Department of Education's Division of Vocational, Adult and Community Education, to recognize and promote the adoption of outstanding adult and community education programs.
Two Pinellas projects, Together We Learn and Reading Together, served 970 parents and children last year. Three Head Start facilities, two community agencies and 25 Pinellas schools were the sites for the projects that promoted literacy through family interaction.
The major reason for family literacy's success has been its emphasis on interagency cooperation, said Pat McLain, information specialist for the Pinellas Vocational, Technical and Adult Education program. More than 20 organizations, including community agencies, private enterprise and school system departments participate in family literacy projects offered through Adult and Community Education, she said.
Program supervisor Rory Morris-Richardson and family literacy specialist Nancy Dixon accepted the award at the joint conference of the Florida Association of Adult and Community Education in Tampa.
Couples celebrate their golden anniversaries
Winthrop and Celeste Young of Clearwater, married Oct. 19, 1940, in Wallingford, Conn., recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Young was a special agent with the FBI for almost 30 years before his retirement in 1971; she was a dietitian for the public schools in Bethany, Conn.
Following retirement, the couple traveled around the Eastern United States for five years before coming to the Clearwater area.
They have four children.
Stewart and Gladys Welch of Tarpon Springs celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a dinner party at Pappas Restaurant followed by a party at their daughter's home in Tarpon Springs.
The Welches were married Oct. 19, 1940, in Detroit, where he was a supervisor with Ford Motor Co. before his retirement. They came to this area in 1976.
They have two children and three grandchildren.
Josephine and Harry Keneman of Palm Harbor celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their children at Bally's Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Kenemans were married Oct. 22, 1940. He served in the Navy during World War II.
"Mrs. Keneman aided in the war effort by helping to build torpedoes at the U.S.N. Torpedo Station in Newport, R.I.," he said.
He remained in the Navy after the war and, upon retirement, went to work for the Department of Defense in Washington. At his retirement in 1978 as head of the Naval Air Engineering Documentation Policy and Programs Office, he had accumulated almost 42 years of federal service.
The Keneman's have four sons, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
They came to Palm Harbor from Virginia in 1983.