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Student Maria Pineda and Tutor Karen Calhoun


Maria is a hard-working small business owner and mother of three who came from El Salvador with her parents when she was young. Her brother Marcos helped her get started with the Literacy Council two years ago, and I was the lucky tutor who began meeting with her in January 2018. Initially, her goals focused on reading to her children and becoming more involved in their education. [click to continue…]

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Above: Fall 2019 AACLC Tutor Class


Great opportunity!

Our next tutor training is scheduled for

Saturday February 8th

  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 like to become a literacy or math tutor, please email Lisa Vernon at or call 410-269-4419 as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

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As Nelson Mandela says, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Education is the key to eliminating gender inequality, to reducing poverty, to creating a sustainable planet, to preventing needless deaths and illness, and to fostering peace.”

This past year, 254 AACLC adult students improved their lives through education and achieved personal goals of jobs, better-paying jobs, GEDs, and improved their quality of life. This included 109 Basic Literacy students, 71 HSE/GED Prep students, and 74 ESL/ELL students. [click to continue…]

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Writing the Professional Way:
Techniques and Tips for Teaching

A Collaborative Workshop Led by Natalie Canavor

February 1st, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church
Fellowship Hall

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about strategic writing from Natalie Canavor! Seating is limited and this workshop will fill quickly. To reserve a seat for Natalie’s February 1st interactive workshop, you must email Lisa Vernon at or call the office at 410-269-4419.

This practical hands-on workshop will demonstrate professional techniques and handy shortcuts to high-impact writing. The presenter, Natalie Canavor, developed a system to teach writing based on her decades as a national magazine editor-in-chief, executive director of communications, and award-winning journalist for publications including the New York Times, Newsday, Communication World, and a number of professional and business publications. [click to continue…]

You Can Make A Difference

December 29, 2019

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 From being a child in foster care, leaving school at a young age, and struggling to earn an accredited diploma, Jess never gave up. Jess juggled two jobs and faced many difficulties while working toward her high school diploma, but stressed: “as long as you’re committed, it is possible.”

You can help an adult like Jess receive free and individualized reading, writing, math, and English instruction to achieve their goal of a GED, job, or better-paying job.

There is still time to make a 

 100% tax-deductible donation in 2019 

to the 

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council.


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Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is proud to be a 5-star nonprofit

on Google.

Please take a look!

Meet Reina Bueso

December 20, 2019

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Reina Bueso is a 20-year-old woman who works in a downtown restaurant and would like to earn her GED and qualify for a better-paying job. She dropped out of school in 9th grade to support her family and came to the Literacy Council this past summer for help with improving her literacy, math, and English skills so she could enter the National External Diploma Program (NEDP). [click to continue…]

Student Thank You

December 18, 2019

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Tremendous thanks to First Baptist Church in Glenarden and the Good Time Gang in Gambrills for providing delicious Thanksgiving meals for thirty AACLC students and their families!

Delmy Torres is one of thirty very grateful AACLC students who received a Thanksgiving meal this year. [click to continue…]

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Thank you for making Giving Tuesday a tremendous success again this year! $14,360 was donated through Paypal, Facebook, and checks on December 3rd to improve adult literacy in Anne Arundel County. Your tax-deductible donations are transforming lives through literacy by providing free books, tutoring, and assessments for all interested, low-income adults and out-of-school county youth. [click to continue…]

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By Thomas Sticht, International Consultant in Adult Education

“With hundreds of billions of federal dollars invested in Early Head Start, Head Start, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school special reading programs, over the last 40 years, we have consistently witnessed failures to improve the average reading scores of 17-year-olds who are on the cusp of adulthood and, for millions of them, on the brink of parenthood. Meanwhile, expenditures for adult literacy education have been and still are trivial.” [click to continue…]