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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)

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On Tuesday, December 3, #GivingTuesday, TWO very generous AACLC donors will double your donations up to $5,000 through a matching gift.

If you have not sent in your membership donation you can do so online that day for #GivingTuesday, double your donation, and save a stamp!

Your tax-deductible donation provides free books, tutoring, and assessments for interested, low-income adults. Goals achieved include GEDs, jobs, and improved quality of life for our students and their families.

You can give your donation through:






• Or send a check payable to AACLC to 
P.O. Box 1303
Edgewater, MD 21037

Why We Do What We Do!

November 4, 2019

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The need and demand is great for free adult literacy and math tutoring. Here is a sample of recent students seeking AACLC tutors:

  • Walter wants to improve his reading and math skills to enroll in job training college classes.
  • Tarhonda would like to get a GED and enroll in cosmetology school.
  • Jason would like to get his GED so he can open his own bakery/pastry shop.
  • Bernard has been homeless and wants help with his reading and writing skills.
  • Rosalyn has been working towards earning her GED.
  • Antonio would like help with his reading and writing skills to better his life.
  • Alicia and her husband Juan want to improve their English before they take the U.S. citizenship test.
  • Bobby would like to work on his reading skills to improve his job prospects.
  • Mia needs to pass a test to qualify for job advancement and enter other education.
  • Dayany wants to get her driver’s license and find employment.

AACLC GED Student News

November 1, 2019

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 LaToya successfully completed the NEDP program


Make no mistake: learning to read changes your life. The examples below are the kind of accomplishments we see regularly with our students:

  • Anthony got a job and is now preparing for the GED.
  • Ida has finished learning all 4 levels of Breakthrough To Math books and is now preparing for the GED.
  • Michele passed the NEDP Essay.
  • Brooklyn passed the Science test for her GED.
  • Latoya received her high school diploma and is working to pass entrance exams for college.
  • Nicole has completed 2 of the NEDP units and is working on the 3rd unit.

NEDP = The National External Diploma Program

GED = General Education Diploma

Fall 2019 AACLC Tutor Class

October 30, 2019

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Twenty-five new AACLC literacy and math volunteer tutors were trained and matched with students at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 5th. What a great tutor class!

If you would like to become an AACLC literacy or math tutor, please email Lisa Vernon at or call 410-269-4419 for more information.

For information on our upcoming Tutor Follow-On Workshop on November 16, 2019, CLICK HERE.

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AACLC student Latoya Saunders and Executive Director Lisa Vernon

Tremendous thanks to Phillips Charitable Foundation for purchasing 10 laptops for AACLC students to use as they pursue their GED, NEDP, or entrance exams for college!
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Tutors! Are you new to tutoring and need a little feedback? Do you have some successful strategies to share? Do you need some strategies to overcome a tutoring challenge?

Come to our Follow-On workshop on Saturday morning, November 16th, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Wood’s Memorial Church in Severna Park, Room 152. (go down the stairs located on the left – hand side of the lobby. At the bottom of the stairs turn right. Room 150 is the second classroom on the left.)

Share how your first sessions are going and how we can help. Learn how to incorporate writing into your lessons and how to use some graphic organizers that can help your student organize her thoughts. Learn where to find informative videos to help you tutor. Our basic tutoring simply can’t cover all the strategies and resources that will make you a successful tutor. Even experienced tutors can use a few refreshing strategies to boost their tutoring skills!


Set your calendars and RSVP to Jane Seiss at or call 410-269-4419.