Our Golden Anniversary
Celebrating 50 years of volunteer service to Frederick County
Since its humble beginnings in October, 1963, housed in a founder's basement on E. Second St., the Literacy Council of Frederick County's volunteers have been helping fellow adult residents improve their reading, writing, and spelling skills. In the late 1970's, as the non-English speaking population greatly increased, the council expanded its services to include teaching English as a Second Language. With the exception of a part-time office manager, the council remains entirely volunteer.
During these last 50 years, we have trained about 3,000 tutors and assisted around 8,000 people in our county with tutoring in reading and ESL. We currently have about 100 tutors working with 175 students. LCFC has also served in a unique role as a literacy ambassador, helping to train tutors and establish new literacy councils in several neighboring counties and states.
Many things have changed through the years, but some things have remained constant - the effort, commitment and pride of our students as they work toward literacy and English proficiency, and the dedication, satisfaction and pure joy of our amazing volunteer tutors as they watch their students attain their goals and improve their lives.
Why do we focus on teaching adults to read and write, or to speak English, when there are so many problems needing attention? Because these skills are fundamental! Illiteracy and poor English skills contribute to unemployment, poverty, poor health, family instability, and all the other problems that come with these. We see the transformations in our students' lives as they learn. And we know we are helping to make Frederick County stronger and more prosperous, one student at a time.
Saturday Office Hours
The office will now be open on Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon. We hope this will be helpful to tutors and students who cannot visit the office during our normal weekday hours. As always, it is a good idea to call before coming in, 301-600-2066, just in case there is an emergency situation that prevents the volunteer from opening the office that day.
Do you know...
An estimated 14% of the U.S. population and 11% of Marylanders do not read well enough to understand a newspaper or fill out a job application?
6252 people, 34% of the foreign-born population of Frederick County, have trouble speaking English?
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...What we do
For 50 years we have offered free one-to-one tutoring in basic reading, writing, and spelling to English speaking adults. We also provide similar services and small group instruction in conversational English, reading, writing, and spelling to non-English speaking adults.
We teach approximately 175 adults each year and have approximately 30 students waiting for tutors!
Tutor In-service Sessions Scheduled
Upcoming monthly sessions have been scheduled as follows:
Wednesday, November 13 - Review of Series "Building Through Mathematics." This is a great series for teaching basic numbers vocabulary while teaching very basic math (arithmetic) skills. The first level is "Understanding Numbers." Excellent series not just for teaching math alone!
Wednesday, January 29 - Using "Essential English Idioms," "Essentials of Grammar," and "Patterns in Spelling" supplemental textbooks.
Please contact the office at 301-600-2066 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to RSVP if you plan to attend.
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