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Did you know?

A typical child from a literate family enters first grade with approximately 1,000 hours of being read to by an adult whereas a child from a low-literate family averages just 25 hours.

The ripple effect

Approximately 25% of AACLC adult student’s children are under 5 years of age. So our work teaching adults to read has a ripple effect that can impact the lives of the next generation too.

Director’s Message Dec. 2017

December 22, 2017

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GivingTuesday national results are in.

Out of 689 “small” nonprofits competing for GivingTuesday donations through Razoo, Anne Arundel Literacy Council came in #4 nationallywith $13,859 raised to support our students and tutors. You are absolutely the best supporters in the nation!

Why this makes such a difference

Thanks to you, 223 low-income county adults received free and individualized reading, writing, math, and English instruction in 2017. Additionally, AACLC’s tutor team of 9 volunteers working at Ordnance Rd. Correctional Center and Jennifer Rd. Detention Center are impacting countless additional lives. Your caring, kindness, and generosity made this happen!

Upcoming tutor training

Please share our upcoming tutor training dates with friends, colleagues, and family (CLICK HERE for more info – dates are Feb. 24 and Mar. 3, 2018). Training sessions fill rapidly, so encourage those interested in becoming a volunteer literacy or math tutor to register early to ensure a seat. Details are shared in the article below.

Warmest regards,

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director
Anne Arundel County Literacy Council

“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”- Buddha
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Support our students and tutors while you shop

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Anne Arundel County Literacy Council.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.

We Can Change The World

December 1, 2017

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“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”

~ Malala Yousafzai

Did You Know?

November 29, 2017

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A typical child from a literate family enters first grade with approximately 1,000 hours of being read to by an adult. A child from a low-literate family averages just 25 hours.

Student Success: Tarhonda

November 27, 2017

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Tarhonda wants to improve her skills to get a better-paying job to support herself and her 4-year-old daughter. In addition to completing Laubach level 2, she has been working with her tutor Karen Weissinger on completing and submitting job applications on the computer.

From GED student Bridgette to her tutor Susann:

“Ms. Susann, you have been such a blessing in my life. Your determination and flexibility to get me through what has been a challenge for me, allowed me to reach one of my goals. You were able to learn the way I think, how I process information, and with that, you developed a strong working system by developing visual examples, along with life skills. I am a strong believer that everyone can learn if you have to have the right teacher, which I did, and study, study, and study :)”

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Jessica Fumando and tutor John Carley


John Carley, a retired EPA professional, has tutored several students since his initial tutor training in October 2016. After his retirement in 2010, he sought volunteer opportunities with other charitable organizations, but never found a good fit. He relishes the independence he has now as a tutor and feels that in tutoring with the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, he has the freedom to figure out the best way to do things for his students and to focus his lessons on their needs.

John’s current student Jess has made significant progress since they started working together. Jess has enjoyed having John as a tutor, saying he is “great” and has helped her get over her “huge phobia of fractions.” She also appreciates the individual attention she gets during one-on-one tutoring. “I can say specifically ‘I’m not understanding this.'” she explains. “Then he can break it down for me in a different way so I’m able to understand.”

-Written by Trevor Stern

UPDATE: We were delighted to learn that Jessica and John were featured in a wonderful article on the ProLiteracy Blog “Literacy Changes Lives — When Life Grew Difficult, She Didn’t Give Up.” CLICK HERE to read this piece.

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Change a Life Through Literacy
#GivingTuesday, November 28, 2017

Exciting News! An AACLC Executive Board member has pledged to match the first $2,500 donations on #GivingTuesday!

  • Razoo is waiving their 4% platform fee so that your donation will go directly to the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council.
  • Donate in honor of a friend or loved one, and a personalized acknowledgment card will be mailed directly to them for the holidays.
  • Renew your Literacy Council membership online on #GivingTuesday, save a stamp, and your donation will be doubled!

Your gift will go directly to help your Anne Arundel County neighbors who struggle to find a job or earn a GED because of their lower reading, writing, math and English skills.

 If you’re able, please donate next Tuesday
and maximize your gift through this generous match.
Every donation of $10 or more counts towards 
online prizes!
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Saturday, January 20th from 9am – noon
Founders Room 
Wood’s Memorial Presbyterian Church
Severna Park

The GED, as well as the entrance tests for the NEDP and Community College, have multiple choice questions which can be tricky to maneuver. Deena Fujimoto will break it down to help us mentor our students for these tests.

Please consider attending the workshop if you are currently tutoring a student for the GED / NEDP / Community College or would like to tutor one such student in the future. Also, this workshop is open to both our tutors and our students. 

Be sure to RSVP so we can prepare enough materials:
Susann Felton, sdfelton@gmail.com
See you January 20th!