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Stan Milesky and his student Ulysees lifelong friendship and learning bonds were formed twenty years ago and remain strong today. “Ulysees and I are good friends and still read together – twenty years this month. He is about to move back to South Carolina and we will continue to correspond via Zoom.”

In addition to tutoring, Stan served on the Anne Arundel Literacy Council’s Executive Board as President and Vice-President for 10 years and has enthusiastically supported the Council’s work for the past 2 decades.

“The memories of my association with the Council are among the things in my life that continue to give me joy and inspire me to continue to find a way to help. The ability to read is the starting point for engagement with our larger world. It is mind-boggling to me that so many people among us are unable to read at all, or are effectively illiterate and unable to grow, explore, and take advantage of the wondrous things our world and our time has to offer; to their own best advantage and as they otherwise might. Literacy is empowerment.”

To read more about Ulysses and his story, CLICK HERE.

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On November 4th, 2008, Ulysses Martin voted for the first time in his life. Ulysses was 57 years old. Ulysses and I had been partners in a student and tutor pairing for the past several years.

While Ulysees’ reading skills had grown much since he made the decision to learn to read, nothing so signified how much he had progressed as voting in his first presidential election. With that single act, he crossed over barriers, both real and imagined, and signaled to himself and the world around him that he had achieved something important, something long hoped for, something precious that he earned for himself and no one could take from him.

If Ulysses’ reading skills are still developing, his knowledge of world affairs, his interests, and his opinions were those of a mature 57-year-old man. We discussed and debated the campaign and news items of interest and importance. As the campaign progressed we discussed voter registration.

Ulysees was not a registered voter. He had never been a registered voter. If you cannot read, you are often excluded from many of the things people who read take for granted. Registering to vote became a part of our reading lessons and getting that first voter registration card a mark of special achievement. Voting in the election itself became the next great mountain waiting to be climbed and conquered.

After voting, we went to breakfast, and Ulysees told me, “We did it, our vote counted!” I believe at some level, that remark revealed a deeper, more fundamental connection to a community that he has often viewed from afar. In registering to vote and voting, Ulysees closed that gap and rightfully took a place in his community that he had long hoped for.

Tutor Stan Milesky
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In April and May, the Literacy Council trained twenty-seven new volunteers from around the country to be virtual tutors for our students! These new volunteers have incredible teaching experience and enjoy virtual tutoring.

Final year med/law students, educators, and experienced tutors from NY, NJ, PA, WA, CA, MI, TX, and OH have volunteered to virtually instruct Literacy Council students seeking help. It is inspiring and encouraging to see such a large outpouring of kindness and generosity from across the U.S. towards our students.

Want to be a volunteer tutor? CLICK HERE for more information.

We were so proud to receive this letter of endorsement from Jeffry W. Ferguson. He is chairman of the GED Subgroup of the Maryland Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council. It shows support for our important work.

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“I am pleased to report that Pernell Matthews passed the military ASVAB test today with a 34% improvement on his prior score! He now can enlist in his choice of all services and his score opens 5 potential service vocational training programs. Neither of us wants to close the match until we see what his next step will be and if I can help him with his training or enrolling in the Armed Forces University.

I have never had such a hard-working and focused student. He is a gift.”

Tutor Susann Felton

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Our nation mourns the brutal murder of an unarmed black man at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis. I recommit myself and the Literacy Council to promoting racial equity and justice. We will continue to work hard to address challenges disproportionately affecting Black and other marginalized county residents through our free reading, writing, math, GED, and English tutoring program for low-income adults, and we welcome your feedback on how we can do better.

Sincerely,

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director
Anne Arundel County Literacy Council
301-523-6750 (cell)
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Army letter

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Jennifer Rd Detention Center letter

Letter of Support: NEDP

April 24, 2020

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NEDP Letter

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Chrysalis letter