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AACLC Recieves TD Charitable Foundation Grant
Why We Do What We Do
Thinking About Becoming a Volunteer
Fall 2012 Tutor Training Class Picture
Check Out Our Improved Website
over 120 Tutor Student Matches
Schedule of Future AACLC Board Meeting
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Researchers estimate that a high school diploma's contribution to the economy--including the payment of payroll, federal, and state income taxes-could amount to more than $250,000 per graduated student over a lifetime. Yet approximately one million high school students a year drop out before obtaining a diploma - 1.3 million in 2010. 


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October 2012
From the Program Director


September was filled with productive activities and good news for our Literacy CouncilIn addition to holding our AA Cares fundraiser and receiving an "Education Nonprofit of the Week" designation, we staged a fundraiser and 35th Anniversary Celebration at Barnes & Noble. We also held a very successful Day 1 of our Fall tutor training, with 38 new tutors in attendance.   

The AACLC was honored to receive a generous $5000.00 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, which was presented to us at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Grand Opening of the TD Bank in Edgewater, MD. We were interviewed by Fay Mauro on WNAV radio, featured in a Glen Burnie East Gazette article, and received Proclamations from Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis to honor our 35 years of improving adult literacy through our free, individualized, one-to-one tutoring program.   


We have so much to celebrate!



Lisa Vernon


AACLC Receives TD Charitable Foundation  Grant September 29th   


TD Bank Regional President Brian R. Monday (left) and Store Manager Joan Kapiskosky (right) present AACLC Director Lisa Vernon (center) with a $5,000.00 TD Charitable Foundation grant  on September 29th.


The TD Charitable Foundation has long supported not-for-profit institutions and their important work throughout our region.  Please stop by TD Bank's new Edgewater branch, introduce yourself, and thank them for their generous support of our Literacy Council.

Why We Do What We Do

Glen Burnie East: Excerpts from "Literacy Council Expands in North County"

By SUSAN SHILLENN, For Capital Gazette | Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Deborah Ryan Johnson of Millersville has been a high school teacher, an elementary school principal and trained other teachers. Yet, she describes the student she tutors through the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, as the "single most highly motivated and hardest working person I've ever worked with in a teacher-student capacity."     


Her student's enthusiasm showed when he was asked how he felt about his tutoring sessions."I don't like it, I love it!" he said. Johnson's student is a man in his mid-30s who recently moved to the United States from Jamaica. His wife, the local library, and a community center helped him connect with the Literacy Council. He spoke with the Capital Gazette on the condition that he not be identified by name because of his illiteracy.


"I can tell you, it's beautiful!" the man said. "My tutor, she's good, very good. I want to get a high school diploma, a proper education for a good job. With education you can go where you want to go. I've got the chance to do it. I'm grabbing it with both hands and I'm never letting it go!"

Thinking About Becoming a Volunteer?  


AACLC has Need for Administrative Assistance 


In addition to tutoring, we have other volunteer opportunities at the Literacy Council.


We urgently need help with Student and Tutor Coordinator Support and would love to have you on our Administrative team!
You can set your own hours and schedule, and work from home, too


 If interested, email programdirector@aaclc.org  
or call 410-798-0408.

              Fall 2012 Tutor Training


Class Picture  


We had 38 new tutors present at Day 1 of our tutor training on September 29th. These tutors are being trained in both basic literacy and ESL instruction, and will all be matched with students after the completion of their training on October 13th. A big thank you goes to Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church for graciously allowing us to use their meeting rooms for these two days of training.

  Fall 2012 Tutor Class



 "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." 
Margaret Mead
Check Out Our Improved Website


New Updates! Visit Us At www.Icanread.org 


Our new website update looks amazing!  Please take a moment to check out all of the improvements, and give us feedback on what you like, as well as what you would like to see added, on our website,icanread.org .


We would also like to share our Literacy Council story with the greater Anne Arundel community via the stories and pictures of our students and tutors that you submit.  If you have a story and/or picture to share, please call 410-798-0408 or email programdirector@aaclc.org  


 Over 120 Tutor Student Matches  

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                     2012 and 2013 Schedule

All meetings will be on the second Thursday of the month except December 6th 2012 and February 7th 2013 which will be the first Thursday of the month.

All meetings start at 7 p.m.

November 8, 2012            Edgewater Library, Small Room 

December 6, 2012            West County Library, Room A

January 10, 2013            West County Library, Room B    


February 7, 2013             West County Library, Room B


March 14, 2013                Severna Park Library, Small Conf. Rm.


April 11, 2013                  West County Library, Room B


May 9, 2013                    West County Library, Room B


June 13, 2013                  West County Library, Room B


July 11, 2013                   Severna Park Library, Small Conf. Rm.


August 8, 2013                West County Library, Room B


Sept. 12, 2013                 West County Library, Room B


Oct. 10, 2013                  West County Library, Room B


Nov. 14, 2013                  Severna Park Library, Small  Conf. Rm.


Dec. 12, 2013                  West County Library, Room A  

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Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to improving literacy for adults in our county who have low level reading skills. We provide free, individualized, one-on-one, basic literacy and English language learner instruction for adults.



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