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Our free adult literacy program offers hope and a second chance in life. In addition to tutoring at all fifteen county libraries, we are also tutoring GED-bound Head Start parents at Shady Side and partner/collaborate with The Abilities Network, Arundel Lodge, Vesta, Chrysalis House, HCAAC, Jennifer Rd. Correctional Facility, the Light House Shelter, Ordinance Rd. Detention Center, The Salvation Army, Department of Social Services, St. Mary's ESL Program, Waxter Youth Facility, and St. Philip's Family Life Center Inc. QUAD-E Program. We have 145 tutor/student matches and plan to continue expanding our free adult tutoring program in 2014.


Warmest regards

Lisa Vernon   


Jill and Deborah
Keeping Our Eye on the Prize      

Although she regularly attended school as a youngster, Deborah never really learned to read. Now in her 50s, Deborah wants to be able to read and understand any piece of paper that's handed to her--including such things as written instructions from her doctor. She's simply tired of depending on others. 

Deborah takes the bus to meet me twice a week, faithfully arriving early. Her positive attitude is infectious! She proudly shows me her completed homework, and how well she can read the last session's story after working on it at home, using her flash cards.

Deborah's hard work has paid off; we've moved through her first Laubach book quickly, completing a lesson each session and finishing Level I in just two months. Her growing confidence, pride in her accomplishments, and gratitude for this opportunity make each session a joyous event. When Deborah earned her certificate, she was as thrilled as if she had won the lottery. I'm sure it's just the first of many great successes for her.   

Bonnie & Eldridge
Keeping Our Eye on the Prize II
Eldridge and I have been together since early July. I was a little nervous about my first student but I soon found out I had no reason to be. Eldridge has been great--he's eager to learn, shows up on time, and always does his homework. I could not wish for a more motivated student.
At our first meeting we went over his assessment and identified what should be the main areas of concentration. We talked about his personal goals and our expectations of one another, and set up a schedule that worked for both of us. We also spoke at length about his interests--world history, science, auto mechanics, and working on cars --and how they could fit into his learning.
Eldridge has made wonderful progress. As was recommended in the tutor training I attended, I created a "portfolio" of his work for him. It's really satisfying to be able to look back at where we started. One particular accomplishment Eldridge achieved was learning to sign his name in cursive. His reading comprehension skills and his ability to read aloud have also really improved. So has his overall confidence. I am very proud of him!
What do I like about being a tutor?  Being inspired is one thing. I like my student's spirit, his curiosity, and how he seems to find fun in everything. I like being a tutor because it does something for me. This is just the kind of thing I've always wanted to do. Watching my student's eyes light up when the words on the page make sense beats any pay check I could ever receive.
Meet Our Student Coordinator
JoAnn Cook

Among her many duties at the Literacy Council, JoAnn arranges for student assessments, communicates daily with assessors, students, government and community agencies and staff, and is now creating our student/tutor matches. Her dedication and compassion for our adult literacy students shines through in every email and phone call she makes on our student's behalf. We are very fortunate to have JoAnn on our AACLC team!

September 14 and 28 Tutor Training

Phil Tawes, Dixie Catlett, Darryl Byrd, Maggy McCullum and Charlie Catlett were our September tutor trainers, with Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church graciously hosting both tutor training sessions.  On October 26th a Tutor Follow-On Workshop will be held at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church for our thirty three new tutors. We anticipate our next tutor training will be held in February 2014. 
If you would like more information,
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