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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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…]

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The Good Time Gang in Gambrills


Tremendous thanks go out to the 1st Baptist Church in Glenarden, their pastor John Jenkins and his wife Trina, the Good Time Gang in Gambrills, and Lee Goode a.k.a. DJ Dynasty for generously preparing 30 Thanksgiving meal food boxes for low-income Literacy Council students throughout Anne Arundel County! AACLC staff and tutors picked up and delivered the food boxes to very grateful AACLC students on Saturday, November 23rd. [click to continue…]

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Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi, student Brooklyn Flowers, and Susann Felton


During Brooklyn Flowers’ senior year in high school her military stepfather received temporary duty orders that moved the family from Mississippi to Fort Meade. Due to a series of events, it was too late to register Brooklyn at the on-base school. She needed an alternative or she would have to repeat her entire senior year, so Brooklyn and her parents decided to pursue a GED via home school and hoped to find a GED preparation program. [click to continue…]

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Tutor Mary Anne Stoner and Gwendolyn Brown


In an earlier post we introduced you to student Gwendolyn Brown. Gwendolyn, with the help of her tutor Mary Anne Stoner, had just gotten her driver’s license and was looking forward to new opportunities. Wow, has she blossomed! [click to continue…]

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Tremendous thanks to the First Baptist Church in Glenarden and their Pastor John Jenkins with his wife Trina, Lee Goode a.k.a. DJ Dynasty, and the Good Time Gang in Gambrills! They gathered and prepared 30 boxes of delicious Thanksgiving food for our AACLC students on Saturday, then Literacy Council staff and tutors delivered them to low-income students throughout Anne Arundel County.

More good news! Student Gwendolyn Brown has launched an exciting and rewarding new career mentoring at-risk girls in Anne Arundel County. Her inspirational story is shared under “Success Stories” (Click here).

Also, another AACLC student has achieved her GED! Please take a moment to celebrate with Brooklyn Flowers and her tutors Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi and Susann Felton. Brooklyn’s hard work and determination to achieve her high school diploma are also shared in “Success Stories.”

Finally, we have TWO generous AACLC donors who will be matching donations up to $5,000 this year for #GivingTuesday on December 3rd! If you haven’t submitted your AACLC membership donation yet and would like to do so, this is a great opportunity. You can donate this year on our AACLC facebook page, on our AACLC website, or by check and all will qualify to be doubled!

Warm regards,

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