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Mario enjoys meeting people from all walks of life, and he is excited to be part of the AACLC staff team.

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Mario joins us on the AACLC volunteer staff as an ESL Student Coordinator. He has been a tutor since 2017, lives in Annapolis, and speaks a little Spanish. Here’s a brief introduction to Mario:
Born in Quito, Ecuador in 1958, Mario and his family immigrated to America when he was five. He was the first in his family to graduate from college with a B.S. in Biblical and Cross-Cultural studies from Columbia International University in South Carolina.
Mario has been married to his beautiful Iranian wife, Nushi, for 43 years. They have three young-adult children who are married and have blessed Mario and Nushi with six amazing grandkids.
Mario has had varied work experience. He was a Missionary in Pakistan as Literacy Administrator early in his career. He worked in professional sales in the commercial hardware industry for years. He also held a staff position at a megachurch in Montgomery County, Maryland as one of its pastors. After much contemplation, Mario decided to resign and move to the Eastport community in Annapolis — a positive change in life when one of his daughters attended the United States Naval Academy.
Currently, Mario is semi-retired, proactive in running a short-term rental business along with managing personal growth investments for future retirement. He loves working with a diverse community and has a very strong inclusive mindset to make a difference one person at a time. Mario enjoys meeting people from all walks of life, reading, researching, walking, biking, cooking, and spending time with his family. He is excited to be part of the AACLC staff team.
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In September, local Instagrammer and book lover, Caroline Vogan, @readersandexplorers, was inspired by our book fair. She offered a “Books for a Cause” giveaway. Through Instagram, Caroline gave away a selection of great books while encouraging donations to the Literacy Council. She raised more than $100 for the Council — this is enough to buy materials for tutoring at least two students. Thank you, Caroline and reading community! Caroline shipped books all over the country.

“Books for a Cause” on @readersandexplorers Instagram

Thank you, sponsors!

October 30, 2021

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Discoveries: The Library at the Mall

Thank You from the Director!

October 30, 2021

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Thank you for your support of our book fair earlier this month! We raised a little over $5,700 for our adult tutoring programs in Anne Arundel County. These funds will make it possible for us to help low-income adults pursue their goals in literacy, math, diploma studies, ESL learning, and more. A tremendous team effort and lots of community support made the event a success.

We’re posting more book fair news and photos from the big day.

With Many Thanks,

Jane

Jane Seiss, Executive Director AACLCJane Seiss, Executive Director
Anne Arundel County Literacy Council
410-926-5797 (cell)
director@aaclc.org

Another Great Book Fair

October 30, 2021

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The event was held just outside Discoveries Library at Annapolis Mall in the Crate & Barrel Court on Saturday, October 16.

A team of 40+ volunteers stored, sorted, and transported books, set up tables and displays, ran the event, and cleaned up afterward. We sold hundreds of gently used books and held a wonderful raffle for three beautiful gift baskets.

Westfield Mall donated the use of the courtyard space and its community center for the book fair. The Discoveries branch of the library loaned us book carts for our children’s book displays and also hosted a bookmark-making craft table for children. East Coast Advertising Specialties donated the Literacy Council tote bags that were so popular that day.

Thank you to the many tutors, supporters, friends, and family members who stopped by to browse and buy our books!

Thank you, volunteers — we couldn’t have done it without you!

Thanks to all of our reading enthusiasts for their donations from throughout Anne Arundel County (and beyond)!

We couldn’t have done it without you:

CLICK HERE for more about our fabulous sponsors and CLICK HERE to read about a special Instagrammer, Caroline Vogan (@readersandexplorers) who helped us spread the word.

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Annual Fundraising Event

The event was held just outside Discoveries Library at Annapolis Mall in the Crate & Barrel Court on Saturday, October 16, and it was a success! We raised a little more than $5,700 to support our free adult tutoring programs in Anne Arundel County. See photos and read more about our 2021 book fair.
 

 

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Thank you for your support of our book fair earlier this month! We raised a little over $5,700 for our adult tutoring programs in Anne Arundel County. These funds will make it possible for us to help low-income adults pursue their goals in literacy, math, diploma studies, ESL learning, and more. A tremendous team effort and lots of community support made the event a success.

Read more about the  Book Fair.

With Many Thanks,

Jane Seiss, Executive Director AACLCJane Seiss, Executive Director
Anne Arundel County Literacy Council
410-926-5797 (cell)
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“Reading tutor Jan Booth holds up one of the sheets handed out by the Literacy Council Dinner’s featured speaker Ray Williams who happens to be her student. The writing on the sheet depicts what words might look like to someone with a learning disability like Williams. They can appear out of order, backwards or like Chinese characters. Her other student, Brian Martin is just behind her.” Sharon Lee Tegler

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“I am a tutor for the AACLC and have experienced first hand the difference in individual lives when access to free tutoring and opportunities to learn to read and write are provided. One of my students, now 60, has returned to tutoring after having been aided by AACLC tutoring when he was in his 40s. Now, after raising his children and meeting his responsibilities, he is giving himself the gifts of reading to his grandchildren and writing personal notes to his infirm father.

My other student is a bright, hardworking man whose dyslexia now interferes with his career. He has been promoted to a managerial position and knows that improving his writing and reading skills is essential to retaining his position and moving forward with promotions.It is a privilege to work with these students and reminds me that literacy is a priceless gift, which we too often take for granted.”

 – AACLC Literacy tutor Jan Booth

More Resources For Our Clients

September 26, 2021

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Food: Place settingFood Assistance

Thanks to the many good people and local groups, there are a lot of new places to get food assistance and help with other household items.

Anne Arundel County has food pantries, senior pantries, and even pet pantries. Please visit this map to see food and necessities distribution locations and details.

Please also see FoodFinder for locations of local food pantries/banks searchable by zip code.

211 Maryland

For anyone facing difficulties, dialing 2-1-1 connects callers with highly trained health and human services personnel who provide guidance and help with a range of needs from utility assistance to legal guidance to mental health help.

211 help is available in more than 100 languages. Please see 211md.org to know all that the service offers. Calls are confidential, and there is a texting option as well.

Student Success: Collin L.

September 25, 2021

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U.S. Army LogoCongratulations to our student, Collin L.! In August, he successfully passed the ASVAB and enlisted with the U.S. Army. Our thanks to tutor Timothy B., who worked with Collin over the summer to make this awesome achievement possible.