COVID Resources

January 21, 2022

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COVID Vaccines

COVID Vaccines are Available at Pharmacies and Clinics Throughout Anne Arundel County. Visit aahealth.org to see vaccine clinic schedules and to sign up for a vaccine or booster.

COVID Testing Sites

Find a COVID Testing Site Near You. Visit the state of Maryland’s coronavirus information website.
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Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is a member of the international literacy nonprofit, ProLiteracy. Launched in 1961 as Literacy Volunteers of America, by volunteer and advocate, Ruth Colvin, the organization was started to address functional illiteracy in Syracuse, New York. Ruth was moved by the number of people unable to read reported in the 1960 U.S. Census, and she decided to act.

Last year, Ruth turned 105. At the end of 2021, she wrote a blog post about literacy in America, her work on the issue, and her life. It is an inspiring read.

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Besides the wonderful student successes of 2021, our team is also celebrating these volunteer milestones:

  • Last September, we held our first in-person training since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. Through that workshop and virtual sessions, staff trained 37 new tutors in 2021.
  • Last year, AACLC volunteers recorded more than 10K hours in service to our students.
  • Our volunteer tutors returned to Jennifer Road Detention Center and Ordnance Road Correctional Center.
  • In 2021, a USNA Midshipman joined our tutoring team to work with local ASVAB students.

Congratulations, all!

Thank you for joining us in our mission to teach adults and out-of-school youth the reading, math, and English language skills that promote self-esteem and independence and strengthen family literacy.

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AACLC Receives Koons Annapolis Toyota Donation

Our thanks to Koons Annapolis Toyota for its continued support of adult literacy in Anne Arundel County. The AACLC received a $5,000 check from the West Street dealership in December. Koons Toyota’s contributions to our work over the years have helped hundreds of low-income men and women pursue their educational goals.

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Please spread the word or join us for a Volunteer Tutor Training Session on Saturday, March 26 from 9 am until 3:30 pm at Woods Church in Severna Park.

We will provide training for literacy, ESL, math, and high school diploma prep tutoring.

Anyone interested in becoming a tutor should email Jane at director@aaclc.org to sign up.

Space is limited, so please be sure to RSVP.

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Literacy Council staff are hosting a Roundtable on Zoom.

Please email Wendy to sign up for a February 23 Zoom session to share and listen in on tutor experiences working with students during the pandemic. We’ll talk about challenges, resiliency, and successes. What can we learn from each other?

The discussion will begin at 7 pm, and our trainers and tutors will share experiences, resources, and ideas. You’ll be able to listen in, ask questions, and seek advice on how to best tutor your student.

In follow-up, we’ll provide a summary sheet and information on resources.

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Since 1977, The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council has delivered free high quality, one-on-one instruction to low-income learners. The organization has grown and expanded its offerings over the years. Today, AACLC transforms lives by providing free, convenient, and individualized reading, writing, GED, ESL, and math instruction for low-income, under-served adults seeking to improve their skills.
As we embark on our 45th year, the AACLC looks forward to 2022’s possibilities for our students, tutors, volunteers, and the community.
We’ve faced formidable challenges since March 2020 — our students and volunteers persevered.
Last year, students accomplished a range of goals. Check out some student highlights of 2021 as well as some volunteer milestones.

Happy New Year,

Jane Seiss, Executive Director AACLCJane Seiss, Executive Director
Anne Arundel County Literacy Council
410-926-5797 (cell)

Student Highlights, 2021

January 19, 2022

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As we embark on our 45th year, the AACLC looks forward to 2022’s possibilities for our students, tutors, volunteers, and the community. Last year, students accomplished a range of goals.

Some Student Highlights from 2021:

  • Five students advanced through their high school equivalency programs, and one student earned her high school diploma!
  • Three students passed the ASVAB military entrance exam and enlisted to serve.
  • One student passed the U.S. citizenship test.
  • Another ESL student got her driver’s license.
  • Students continued or started their studies at AACC.
  • Several students made a healthy lifestyle change.
  • Students in our programs continued registering to vote or voting.
  • Many students got library cards.
  • Several ESL students improved their ability to communicate in English through conversation, email, and texting.
  • Students improved their computer and technical skills.
  • Many students increased confidence in their abilities, gained a consumer skill, or improved an employability skill.
  • Students also got new or better jobs.

We are so proud of our students!

 

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Members of The Good Time and AACLC volunteers at this year’s Thanksgiving meal box pick-up gathering.

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Thank you — First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Pastor John Jenkins and First Lady Trina Jenkins, the Good Time Gang in Gambrills, and Lee Goode a.k.a. DJ Dynasty for generously providing 26 Thanksgiving meal boxes with turkeys for low-income Literacy Council students throughout Anne Arundel County! This was the third year that the church and The Gang have donated meals for our wonderful students. Each student received a frozen turkey along with a box containing a variety of vegetable sides and an apple pie.
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Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is participating in the Maryland Charity Campaign. MCC is a workplace charitable giving program, providing MD State employees and retirees the opportunity to support causes they care about. October 5 – December 14, visit https://mcc.maryland.gov/ and click on “Give Now” to participate. Our MCC charity code is 52-1479101.
Thank you for your support!