Community Notebook; Learn to Read Sets Up Tutoring Classes for Its Adult Literacy Program

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

Jacksonville's Learn To Read needs more volunteers to tutor its Adult Literacy Program, so two classes will be held this month at the American Cancer Society building at 1430 Prudential Drive to give potential tutors certification.

Class I is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Class II will be held at the same times on Saturday, Oct. 15. Class I must be taken before Class II.

The program costs $15 for materials. Registration is required by calling 399-8894.

It's also time to vote for your favorite candidate in the non-profit agency's "Kiss a Pig for Literacy" contest, and find out which of seven local celebrities gets to buss the pork on Thursday, Nov. 10, in San Marco Square.

All votes are $1 each for the candidates -- Jacksonville Jaguars player Aiken Ayodele; attorney Steven Browning; Mike Hightower, vice president for government and legislative relations at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida; City Councilman Kevin Hyde; and Greg Miller, vice president for operations at Shands Jacksonville;

Teala Milton, JEA Regulatory and Legislative Services; Julie Pope, Learn To Read board member; and attorney and Florida Coastal School of Law professor Ann Shorstein. Write-in candidates are also allowed.

Polls close Friday, Nov. 4. For a ballot, call Learn To Read, Inc. at 399-8894 or visit it at 917 Children's Way in San Marco. Or vote online at www.learntoreadinc.org. All funds benefit Learn To Reads' programs and services.

BOLLES STUDENTS EXCEL

Seventy-six current and former Bolles School students earned the designation of AP Scholar in recognition of their achievements on the college-level Advanced Placement Program Exams they took in May.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement or both.

Three Bolles students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of four or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of four or higher on eight or more of these exams. Twenty-seven Bolles students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award. Fourteen qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of three or higher on four or more of these exams. Thirty-five students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Examinations, with grades of three or higher.

A TASTE OF THE PROGRAM

Almost 40 children from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida program spent Saturday with staff from St. John and Partners to get a taste of what it is like to have a "big" -- a Big Brother or Sister.

Employees spent the afternoon with the children at Dave and Busters at 7025 Salisbury Road on the Southside, playing video games and munching snacks. The advertising and public relations agency, which provides free advertising and creative services for the non-profit agency, hosted some of its unmatched children last year with an IMAX movie, minigolf and ice cream at World Golf Village in St. …