We’ve been awarded the 2019 GuideStar Platinum Participation Seal, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. As of mid-August 2019, we are one of only 38 nonprofits in Anne Arundel County—out of 585 county nonprofits—who have reached Platinum. This is the highest level of transparency.   

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Tutor Cindy Widick and student Ji-Young Lee


“My student Ji-Young works at a Korean pre-school where she was required to take an online college course in early childhood development to keep her job. The concepts were easy for her but taking the course in English was challenging. We worked together to review the grammar and spelling required for her assignments, and Ji-Young put in 4-6 hours every night after work to complete her homework. Her hard work paid off! She earned an A in the class. Ji-Young is very proud of her accomplishment, and so am I.”

Tutor Cindy Widick

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Bryan Martin and tutor Jan Booth


Bryan was matched with tutor Jan Booth seventeen months ago and has advanced his reading comprehension skills by 4.2 years during this time.

Congratulations, Bryan!

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– Save The Date –

Great opportunity! Our next tutor training is scheduled for

Saturday October 5th

  8:30 am to 5:30 pm 

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church

Severna Park, MD 

and will include basic literacy, math,

and English Language Learner (ELL) 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.

Database Help Needed

July 17, 2019

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Do you enjoy working with databases?

AACLC uses a customized database to track tutoring related information and is finishing up an improved version. We are in need of a volunteer with expertise working with MySQL databases and web pages based on HTML and PHP, to help provide ongoing maintenance to the database and web pages.

Please contact us if you are interested in helping

Or if you know of a family member or friend who might be interested, please email Dan Milleville dan.milleville@gmail.com. Training will be provided.

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Please save the date

Our Annual Walk-a-thon is Saturday, October 19…MORE DETAILS:

Please make plans to celebrate family literacy with your friends, family, and leashed dogs at AACLC’s 4th Annual Literacy Lights the Way 5K Walk-a-Thon! This fun family event will begin at 8:30 a.m. (10/19) on the beautiful B & A Trail (Marley Station Mall trail entrance). Walkers will set off at 9 a.m. after a short Walk-a-thon kick-off.

2019 AACLC Walkathon Brochure

Donate $ for books

Whether you can be there or not, donation requests are $25 per person and all proceeds will be used to purchase AACLC student and tutor books for the upcoming 2018/2019 school year.
*** REGISTRATION and/or DONATION information coming soon! ***

Free registration for students & children

Registration will be free for all AACLC students, as well as children ages 16 and under.

Free fun, snacks & drinks, and prizes!

All children and leashed dogs who complete the walk will receive a prize! Walk-a-thon participants will enjoy free fun, snacks, and drinks.

Sponsorships available

We are seeking local sponsors. If you know of a business or person who would like to support the Walk-a-thon and the Literacy Council, please email Lisa: director@aaclc.org.
Location Information
Baltimore & Annapolis (B&A) Trail
Start at trail entrance at Marley Station Mall (Near Penney’s)
(convenient restrooms available at the mall)
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AACLC GED student Jessica Fumando

“Receiving my high school diploma means I can go to college and receive a degree in social work. With this type of degree, I will be capable of helping children in the foster care system. I was once a child in this system and want to help out as many children as I can. I was told growing up that I would never amount to anything. I want to be a positive influence for as many people as I can. If I can do it so can you.

It took dedication and hard work on my part, but I couldn’t have done it without the support of my tutor John Carley. John and I met twice a week – rain, shine or snow for 2 years. John was patient with me, even when I wasn’t patient with myself. He taught me tricks to remember things, was always positive, and reinforced that “Yes, I can do this”, and he was right! Without John, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this goal of earning my high school diploma that I had for so many years.

School was always a struggle for me. I had a hard time paying attention, staying focused, and retaining information but I always wanted to learn. I couldn’t understand why I was having such a hard time. When I got older I realized I had learning differences that caused me to struggle with these things. Don’t allow a disability or let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. You can do anything you set your mind to with work and dedication.”


AACLC student Jess Fumando
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Lisa Vernon, Executive Director

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director

Happy Summer!

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 19th and make plans to celebrate family literacy with your friends, family, and leashed dogs at AACLC’s 4th Annual Literacy Lights the Way 5K Walk-a-Thon! This fun family walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the beautiful B & A Trail (Marley Station Mall entrance).

Donation requests are $25 per person and all proceeds will be used to purchase AACLC student and tutor books for the upcoming 2018/2019 school year.

Registration is free for all AACLC students and children ages 16 and under. There will be free face painting and all children and leashed dogs who complete the walk will receive a prize this year! Walk-a-thon participants will receive free snacks and drinks. More information and directions are shared below.

If you, or someone you know, would like to become a literacy or math tutor, please note that our fall tutor training date is set for Saturday, October 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park. This will be a one-day extended training and will fill rapidly. Please call 410-269-4419 or email director@aaclc.org ASAP to reserve a seat.

Also, be sure to “meet” three of our AACLC students in the articles to be posted on this site throughout this month. Their hard work, drive, and determination to succeed is inspirational and why we do what we do at the Literacy Council. CLICK HERE to access all our “Success Stories.”

Kind regards,

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

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Tutor Diana Dinsick and student Yessenia Carpio


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


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