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Tutor Diana Dinsick and student Yessenia Carpio

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Please welcome Yessenia Carpio to the literacy program. For the past 3 years, Yessie has worked as a custodian at Marley Elementary School. In October 2018, she asked the Literacy Council for help in improving her English skills and earning her GED. Since that time, she and tutor Diana Dinsick have been working toward her goals. Great news! Yessenia just received her green card.

Her next order of business? Earning her GED. Meanwhile, she’s exploring options such as earning her CNA and LPN.

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Tutor Jane Felsentreger and Vincente

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I have been working with Vicente since October 2015. On September 21, 2018 Vicente took the oath to become a citizen of these United States.  Congratulations, Vicente!

Working with Vicente has been a delight. Vicente works as a custodian for a local elementary school. Last week he shared that people have told him it is much easier to understand his English when speaking.

Jane Felsentreger

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Tutor Jill Mischo and Deborah

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My name is Deborah. I met Jill 4 years ago at the Lighthouse Shelter. I know it was Jill from her smile. We started with Book 1. I know my letters . The flash cards help me learn new words. We ended Book 1 and I earned my certificate. I showed it to everybody at Lighthouse and my family. They were all proud of me. So was I.

We have fun at our lessons. I love learning to read and write. I was proud to earn that Book 2 certificate. We have worked through more books and are reading lots of stories. I know more answers and I love cursive writing.

I can read signs at the museum and the zoo. I go to meetings at my apartment. I sing the songs at church. When the doctor gives me directions, Jill and I read them together. We both are learning how to be healthy. Thank God I can work with Jill and improve my reading and writing.

Never give up. You work hard and people will help you. God will help you. Thanks for the free books. Thanks for the certificates. I only have to pay for my school supplies.

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Ivonne and tutor Vicki Jordan

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I have been working with the AA County Literacy Council since I retired from federal service 15 months ago and am happy to be part of this amazing group of volunteers!

For the past year, I have tutored Ivonne, an incredible ESOL student. She works so hard and continues to surpass her goals.   Best of all, we are friends! Ivonne is lovely and I feel so blessed to be part of her life and part of the Literacy Council’s work.

Ivonne’s goals were to improve her writing skills and increase her involvement in community activities, and she has done both. We completed Book 3 in the Challenger Series and are now into Book 4. We also supplement with other materials, play Boggle, do word searches, etc.

Her weekly journal is evidence of how far her writing skills have come. Each week she writes about the “best or most memorable thing that happened during the week”. As we page through the notebook and look at the early entries compared to her more recent ones we can see her incredible progress. In addition to the facts, she writes about her feelings and emotions surrounding the topic, uses complex sentences, and much more sophisticated vocabulary. She has also gotten more involved in the community as a result of feeling more comfortable with her English.

I also work with GED students at Ordnance Road Correctional Center (ORCC) 1x per week. It is rewarding to see the students at ORCC improve their life skills, earn their GED, and gain confidence in themselves. Metrics demonstrate that those who earn their GED do not return to jail as often.

Vicki Jordan​

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“Around the Park” Students express gratitude through Literacy Council dinner

by Sharon Lee Tegler/Capital Gazette

May 2, 2019

https://www.capitalgazette.com/neighborhoods/ac-cn-around-park-20190501-story.html

“…The event’s guest speaker, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, Jr., won over the audience when he admitted he experienced extreme difficulty learning to read as a child. Noting the Literacy Council is “near and dear to his heart”, he received warm applause when announcing he’d tripled the amount of money requested for the organization in the county budget.”….Read the entire article.

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A TREMENDOUS THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR APPRECIATION DINNER CONTRIBUTORS

Food and Services

Adam’s Grille, Edgewater

Adam’s Grille, Severna Park

Bayside Bull, Edgewater

Chick-fil-A, Severna Park

Jimmy John’s, Severna Park

Koons Annapolis Toyota, Wendell Williams, General Manager

Ledo Pizza, Edgewater

Maggiano’s Little Italy, Westfield Annapolis

Newk’s Eatery, Annapolis

Q’s Remarkable Events

Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Westfield Annapolis

Sam’s Club, Annapolis

State Farm: Marie Waring, Odenton

Uncle Julio’s, Annapolis

Wegmans, Waugh Chapel Towne Center

Mary Catherine Photography

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church

Door Prizes

Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen, Annapolis

The Cheesecake Factory, Westfield Mall

Chevys Fresh Mex®, Annapolis

Chuy’s, Annapolis

Giant Food, Annapolis & Edgewater

The Greene Turtle, Annapolis & Waugh Chapel Towne Center

Nando’s Peri-Peri, Waugh Chapel Towne Centre

Outback Steakhouse, Annapolis

Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Annapolis Harbour Center, Glen Burnie, Westfield Mall

QDOBA Mexican Eats, Waugh Chapel, Glen Burnie

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, Waugh Chapel Towne Centre

Trader Joe’s, Annapolis

Weis Markets, Edgewater

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The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” Oprah Winfrey

Oh, what a night! Over 200 guests enjoyed AACLC’s 2019 Annual Appreciation Dinner hosted by Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman gave an inspirational keynote address and students shared their testimonies in celebration of AACLC’s 247 tutor/student matches. Journalist Sharon Lee was also in attendance and featured our students and tutors in her May 2, 2019 “Around the Park” column in the Capital Gazette.

Thirty-six local restaurants and businesses enthusiastically donated their food and services for this year’s dinner and they are spotlighted below and in a separate post. Please be sure to thank these businesses with your patronage.

Please also take a moment to “meet” students Deborah, Ivonne, Vicente, and Yessenia in our Success Stories posts and check out our 142 GreatNonprofit reviews. AACLC has been honored with one of the first Top-Rated Awards of 2019 from GreatNonprofits!

Kind regards,

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director

 

 

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council
301-523-6750 (cell)
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A TREMENDOUS THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR APPRECIATION DINNER CONTRIBUTORS

Food and Services

Adam’s Grille, Edgewater

Adam’s Grille, Severna Park

Bayside Bull, Edgewater

Chick-fil-A, Severna Park

Jimmy John’s, Severna Park

Koons Annapolis Toyota, Wendell Williams, General Manager

Ledo Pizza, Edgewater

Maggiano’s Little Italy, Westfield Annapolis

Newk’s Eatery, Annapolis

Q’s Remarkable Events

Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Westfield Annapolis

Sam’s Club, Annapolis

State Farm: Marie Waring, Odenton

Uncle Julio’s, Annapolis

Wegmans, Waugh Chapel Towne Center

Mary Catherine Photography

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church

Door Prizes

Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen, Annapolis

The Cheesecake Factory, Westfield Mall

Chevys Fresh Mex®, Annapolis

Chuy’s, Annapolis

Giant Food, Annapolis & Edgewater

The Greene Turtle, Annapolis & Waugh Chapel Towne Center

Nando’s Peri-Peri, Waugh Chapel Towne Centre

Outback Steakhouse, Annapolis

Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Annapolis Harbour Center, Glen Burnie, Westfield Mall

QDOBA Mexican Eats, Waugh Chapel, Glen Burnie

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, Waugh Chapel Towne Centre

Trader Joe’s, Annapolis

Weis Markets, Edgewater

 

 

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The neuroscience of deep reading will make you want to curl up with a great book. “Deep reading nurtures true empathetic connection to your fellow humans. In these difficult and lonely times, who couldn’t use a little more of that?”

Written by Jessica Stillman

CLICK HERE to read the whole article

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AACLC tutors have a passion for reading, writing, and/or math, a love for learning, and a desire to make a positive difference in another person’s life and in their community. Tutor Cheri Gerard, who took the March 16th spring tutor training as a refresher course and is soon to be matched with both an English Language Learner (ELL) and a math student, beautifully illustrates the passion, integrity, and talents of AACLC’s tutors.

Cheri was trained as an ELL teacher by Peace Corps in 1978 and served as an English teacher in Zaire from 1978 through 1981. Additionally, she lived in Africa for 14 years, speaks French and Kikongo, and understands the difficulties that folks experience in acclimating to a new country, culture, and language. She has also studied Swahili, Kipende, Lingala, Luganda, Russian, and Spanish!

Math has always been one of Cheri’s favorite subjects, and she enjoys making math fun for others. Cheri was a budget analyst for the federal government (9 years) and then for the State of Maryland (20 years).