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1930 – Each One Teach One

Dr. Frank C. Laubach, working among remote tribes people in the Philippines, invents a technique that teaches reading by linking pictures with words and symbols….

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1959 – Migrant Ministry

Church Women United in Frederick County begins a migrant ministry project and soon discovers that many migrant farm workers—and thousands of other adults in Frederick…

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1963 – The Official Beginning

Kay Mackley and Dolly Engle, along with others from Church Women United, officially found Frederick County Laubach Literacy—later to become the Literacy Council of Frederick…

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1963 – First Tutor Training Workshop

19 volunteers receive training in the Laubach method of teaching reading.

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1977 – Reaching Out to Immigrants

English as a Second Language programming begins helping the many Southeast Asian immigrants coming to Frederick County.

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1978 – First ESL Tutor Training Workshop

The first workshop to train tutors to help new immigrants from southeast Asia learn English was taught by master trainer Martha Lane of Philadelphia.

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1982 – New Home

The Literacy Council moves to the new C. Burr Artz Library in Frederick.

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1982 – Volunteer Tutors 400

Norman Paul, a retired engineer from Johns Hopkins University, obtains tutor certification through the Literacy Council and begins working in detention centers. From there he…

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1985 – Beyond Frederick

The Literacy Council establishes the Engle Memorial Fund, using most of the donations to fund an outreach effort in Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties. As…

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1987 – State Honors Advocate

Betty Seligmann is the first Frederick County recipient of the “Maryland, You Are Beautiful” award, in honor of her 20 years of service to the…

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1988 – Award Bestowed

The Literacy Council receives the J C Penney Golden Rule award

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Early 1990’s – Programs for Inmates

Tutoring of inmates at the Frederick Detention Center begins and The Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown asks the Literacy Council to train inmates to tutor…

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1991 – Expanding North

Sister Mary Jerome McGinley is certified as a tutor and goes on to establish the Marguerite Naseau Literacy Center at Provincial House in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

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1992 – Excellence Recognition

The Literacy Council wins the Outstanding Special Initiative Award at the Laubach Literacy Action National Awards for Excellence.

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1994 – Dr. Laubach Speaks

Dr. Robert Laubach (“Dr. Bob”) of Laubach Literacy Action in Syracuse, NY, speaks at Literacy Council annual meeting. He is the son of Laubach Each…

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2002 – Endowment Fund

The Betty Seligmann Literacy Endowment Fund is established by the Literacy Council at the Community Foundation of Frederick County.

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2011 – Staff Addition

The Literacy Council hires its first employee, part-time office manager/volunteer coordinator Diana Halleman, allowing the office to be open on a regular basis.

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2012 – Planning Ahead

The Literacy Council launches its first Five-Year Strategic Plan, aiming to expand the organization to serve more adult learners.

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2012 – Volunteer Recognition Award

The Community Foundation bestows the Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism Award to long-time volunteer Caroline Gaver.

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2013 – 50 Years

The Literacy Council celebrates its 50th anniversary with an event at the Weinberg Center featuring speaker David Brooks, nationally known political and social commentator.

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2014 – First Annual Celebration of Achievements

The Literacy Council inaugurates an annual “Celebration of Achievements” reception at the Delaplaine Arts Center to honor the work of its students and tutors.

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2014 – Collaboration Begins with AACF

Also this year, the Asian American Center of Frederick collaborates with the Literacy Council to offer an English language class. AACF English class student Cho…

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2014 – First Executive Director

Laurie Fisher joins the Literacy Council as its part-time Executive Director, making important strides in expanding services to more adults and broadening cooperation with other…

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2014 – Community Support

The first Unity Campaign for Frederick County selects the Literacy Council as one of the organizations to benefit from its fundraising efforts.

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2014 – Volunteer Recognition Award

Diana Halleman, the Literacy Council’s Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator received the Community Foundation’s Wertheimer Award for Excellence in Volunteerism for her years of service to the…

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2015 – Governor’s Award

Longtime president, tutor trainer, and volunteer par excellence Caroline Gaver receives the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Annapolis.

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2015 – Workplace English

The first restaurant English language program is launched with staff at Brewer’s Alley, a Frederick restaurant. Magic Foot Spa and its employees followed soon after.

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2015 – More Unity Support

The Literacy Council is chosen as a beneficiary in the second Unity Campaign for Frederick County. Literacy Council staff, volunteers and students participate in the…

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2016 – Second Restaurant English Class

Ayse Meze Lounge calls on the Literacy Council to offer a Restaurant English class to staff.

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2016 – 3rd Unity Campaign for Frederick County

The Unity Campaign again selects the Literacy Council as a cause supported by the Unity Campaign for Frederick County. Literacy Council staff, volunteers and students…

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2017 – New Partner

Formal collaboration with Frederick Community College begins. This will help assure that students are being placed in the best program for them—either at the Literacy…

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2017 – Website Revamp

Development of a new website begins, with launch set for June.

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