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Our Annual Walk-a-thon is Saturday, October 19, 2019

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.


This year, we want walkathon registrants to either register directly on our regular Donate page on our website (, or they can print out our brochure and mail their form and registration to our P.O. Box 1303 Edgewater, MD 21037 address.

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

Koons Ford Toyota is our Executive Sponsor with their generous gift of $5,000.
We are seeking additional 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:
Location Information
Baltimore & Annapolis (B&A) Trail
Start at trail entrance at Marley Station Mall (Near Penney’s)
(convenient restrooms available at the mall)
Family running and walking for Walk-A-Thon
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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.

Bryan’s Story:

I was 30 years old when I signed up for the Literacy Council several years ago and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was first given a reading and writing assessment and scored at a fifth-grade reading level. Since that time I have been able to work with two great women who got me where I am today, along with great dedication and hard work. I was given another test about four weeks ago to see my progress and I scored very high on that test. I truly feel that I’m now reading and writing at a 12th grade level.
AACLC Student Bryan Martin

Bryan Martin

I owe my success to three wonderful women. Ms. Nancy Lewis, who helped me learn the basics of reading and writing. Ms. Janice Booth, who found a way to help me deal with my dyslexia and help me work around it. Also, my lovely wife Brandy Martin, who has been there for me from the beginning, supporting me through the hard times.

Also, a big thank you to all the Literacy Council volunteers that are out there helping men and women like me achieve their lifetime goals. I have been able to reach some of my lifetime goals and am now a supervisor for 15 men on 2 to 3 million dollar projects for the government.
Bryan Martin
Sheetmetal / Boat Joiner Supervisor

Congratulations, Bryan!

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

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 Training will be provided.

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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 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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Sarah: There are several questions you should ask your student. What does she like to do for fun? How does she learn best… dancing/moving, listening to music, walking to problem-solve, sitting, reading quietly, listening to lectures, or using hands-on activities, etc.?

There are age-appropriate activities for each walk of life (toddler, children, teen-ager, young-adult, and adults including seniors) that pique interests. What is she enthusiastic about? What are her interests? Does she like to cook or bake, sew or design clothes, crochet or knit, Zumba or spinning, lift weights, dieting and exercise, draw, paint or decoupage, visit museums, cathedrals or amusement parks, computer games, playing cards, or cleaning house? Is she employed or looking for employment? Is she interested in being promoted to the next level at work?

The library has pictorial books that have colorful pictures that outline the steps for many activities, like: cooking, baking, crocheting and sewing clothes. Ask a librarian for help to find them, or search by “tutorial”. Is she active in church activities? Does she play an instrument? What is her favorite movie or television show, and has she read the biographies of the actors? The library has books written like screen-plays that follow the storyline of many of the latest movies, too.

If she could be whatever or do whatever she has always wanted to do… what would that be? Would she be an author, dancer, athlete, doctor, attorney, nurse, teacher, riverboat pilot, airplane pilot, cruise ship captain, 18-wheeler truck driver, movie star, missionary, auto-mechanic, software or computer engineer, or President of the United States of America? Would she invent the next best product to go viral on the internet or television? Would she be a television reporter, anchor person, game-show host, or a radio broadcaster? Would she start her own childcare business or some other business? Would she travel all around the world? Would she become a pastor or an accountant?

Find her interests then incorporate reading activities into her daily life so that you can discuss them as part of your lessons. There are books, CDs, DVDs, e-books and Play-away Systems that can be borrowed from the public library or other libraries in Anne Arundel County that can satisfy all these interests, and more!

She can follow in the book as she listens to it being read on an i-pod, or computer screen. The News-in-Levels website,, also has news articles with matching transcripts that adds more descriptive vocabulary in longer sentences in levels 1, 2, and 3. (I also like using the YouTube website to find out how to do everything. Someone has done whatever you are looking for, and they have shared their results on YouTube. YouTube has great music, and video stories, tests, job descriptions, and teachers!).

Ask your public librarians for old magazines they are about to discard to get interesting articles and pictures. (I used to love the old Readers’ Digests humor and daily word sections. Some of the jokes were hilarious!) Suggest that your student keep a book, magazine or magazine clipping in every part of the house (including the bathroom and her purse) for easy access to reading material (and read and change them each week). (We have articles displayed on our refrigerator door!).

Does she have a Smart phone on which she can play games and view the internet? Has she tried reading articles on her phone? Does she use a cell-phone or a computer, constantly? This is the age of the Digital Generation, a generation that wants to get to things quickly by using electronic devices. Does she have an e-book reader, Kindle or Nook? Many of those devices have an Audio setting to hear the book being read as you follow the story on-screen.

Sooooooooooooooo…. What does she like to do AND what is her learning style?

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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