Student Spotlight: Deborah Bias

September 10, 2017

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Student Deborah Bias with her Laubach Way to Reading 3 Certificate

Each class makes a difference, as Deborah Bias, tutor Jill Mischo’s hardest working pupil, can attest. Bias went 51 years without the ability to read.

 “My friend here taught me how to read and write,” Bias said with a smile as she put her arm around Mischo. “I catch the bus Mondays and Wednesdays to the Lighthouse and I met Jill there. I didn’t know what she looked like, but I saw her smile and I knew that had to be her.”

Bias started with the first Laubach book, learning words like bird and fish. In four months, Mischo guided her through that and onto the second book, and tougher vocabulary including father, skirt, and curtains. Bias uses flashcards to help memorize the terms and takes home stories that are assigned reading.

“Deborah takes the story home, and she’ll read it to her son and to herself,” Jill noted. “I’m thrilled because she works so hard. It’s a joy every session.”

 -Written by Zach Sparks

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Bob Laubach and Lisa Vernon

Please grab your calendars and reserve Saturday, October 7th from 8:30 – 11 a.m. for our Second Annual Literacy Council Walkathon.

“Literacy Lights the Way” is again the theme for the walkathon, which is open to all and will be held on the beautiful B & A Trail between Marley Station Mall and Jumpers Hole Road in Glen Burnie.

Free snacks, prizes, and fun for the entire family! We hope you will join us. Dress yourself, your children, and/or your leashed pets as your favorite book character to compete for prizes.

The $25 registration ($10 for Literacy Council students and free for all youth 16 years of age or younger) includes a commemorative t-shirt.

Please also take a moment to “meet” several of our tutors and students in other posts on this blog. Their passion and determination to succeed is inspirational and beautifully illustrates why we do what we do at the Literacy Council.

Kind regards,

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director
Anne Arundel County Literacy Council
301-523-6750 (cell)
director@aaclc.org

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2016 Literacy Lights the Way Walkathon


“Literacy Lights the Way”

5K walkathon

Saturday, October 7 from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

From left to right: Bob Stoner, Anita Ewing, Wendell Williams, and Mary Ann Stoner at the 2016 Walkathon

Free snacks! Prizes!
Leashed Pets Welcome.

The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council will hold its second annual “Literacy Lights the Way” 5K walkathon on Saturday, October 7 from 8:30 to 11 a.m.  We hope you will join us! Last year’s walkathon – our first – was a great success. We want to increase the number of participants this year, which marks the 40th anniversary of the Literacy Council.

We will walk on the beautiful B&A Trail between Marley Station Mall and Jumpers Hole Road in Glen Burnie. You are encouraged to dress as your favorite book character to compete for prizes!

  • $25 registration (includes a commemorative t-shirt)
  • $10 registration fee for Literacy Council students and all youth 16 and under (includes t-shirt)

FOR DONATIONS ONLY:  Anne Arundel County Literacy Council 2nd Annual 5K Walk-a-thon Donation Page.

Welcome, New Math Tutors!

August 22, 2017

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Stephanie Anderson
Mary Austin
Caitlin Bean
Marcella Belser
Don Callow
John Carley
Merlene Clarke
Amanda Clouser
Elizabeth Davis
Lynette Delprete
Phyllis Emmett
Susann Felton
Dan Fox
Deena Fujimoto
Perinaaz Gandhi
Cathy Grayson
Michael Green
Quinika Hawkins
Dave Houston
Karla Johnson
Sharon Jollie
Donna Kurrle
Fran Kushner
Kathy Lang
Lanesha Levert
Marcus Levert
Ken Liddick
Sharon Manganello
Dan Milleville
Ann Mills
Bob Mondor
Dana Nance
Ellen Riley
Eveline Robbins
Pete Schanck
Angella Shields
Susan Shillenn
Kathleen Sievers
Des Smith
Larry Smith
Trevor Stern
Shirley Theimer
Deborah Turner
Ayesha Waheed
Scott Warner
Angela-Jo Wetzel

 

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Tutor Shirley Theimer and Lamere Walton


Congrats to Lamere Walton and to tutor Shirley Theimer! Lamere earned his GED in July and plans to enroll in computer science at AACC in the fall. Shirley praised Lamere’s focus and his determination to succeed.

“There are only two conditions in life.  We either find ourselves in a position where we need to reach out for help, or we are in a position to reach out our hand to help someone else.  The important thing to remember is that we don’t succeed alone, and help is always there if we but ask for it.” ~ Tutor Shirley Theimer.

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Tutor Pete Schanck and student Johnetta Jones


 

Johnetta is working with tutor Pete Schanck to prepare for her GED math test this summer. She is enjoying her lessons and reports that “I used to hate math but now I am really enjoying it!” Pete shares that Johnetta has the logical mind of a computer and is a rapid learner. Her sister has seen Johnetta’s enthusiasm for her lessons and now wants to earn her GED!

Once Johnetta passes the GED her plans are to enroll in courses to become an esthetician, then get a job on a cruise ship where she can travel the world.

 

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Great opportunity! Our next 2-day tutor training is scheduled for September 9 & 16 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, and will include both Basic Literacy and English Language Learner instruction.

We have a class size limit of 35. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in attending this training, please email Lisa Vernon at director@aaclc.org, or call 410-269-4419 as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

Summer Success

August 8, 2017

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Tutor Bob Mondor and John

John, who dropped out of school at age 16, passed his GED in July (1 week before his 18th birthday!) and plans to get his driver license in August. He also has an opportunity to apply to the Northrup Grumman Corporation in September.
His advice to others thinking of getting their GED:

“Go for it! Take a leap.

Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.’
“Bob was a good teacher and working with him really helped me to focus. The books used are also very good.”

Advice From A Genius

August 4, 2017

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It’s not how smart you are

Here’s some advice from the world’s most famous genius, Albert Einstein

Here is a link to an outstanding article by Cory Galbraith on Albert Einstein http://bit.ly/2roxtu1 .

As Cory shares,  “Albert Einstein – thought to have mental disabilities as a child, became known as a genius – yet attributed his success, not to his intelligence, but to his character. Love, curiosity, imagination, balance and determination were the values he embraced.”


The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council will hold its “Literacy Lights the Way” 5K walk-a-thon on Saturday, October 7 from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

We will walk on the beautiful B&A Trail between Marley Station Mall and Jumpers Hole Road in Glen Burnie. This is the same location as last year.

We hope you will join us! Last year’s walk-a-thon – our first – was a great success. We want to increase the number of participants this year, which marks the 40th anniversary of the Literacy Council.

FOR DONATIONS ONLY:

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council 2nd Annual 5K Walk-a-thon Donation Page

FOR THE WALK-A-THON REGISTRATION:

 Anne Arundel County Literacy Council 2nd Annual 5K Walk-a-Thon 

  • $25 registration (includes a commemorative t-shirt)
  • $10 registration fee for Literacy Council students and all youth 16 and under (includes t-shirt)