Category: <span>News</span>

Reflections Literary Magazine Features Inspirational Student Writing
January 22, 2021January 22, 2021
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Reflections Literary Magazine Features Inspirational Student Writing

Adult learners, volunteer tutors, members of the Board of Directors and the community gathered for a virtual “Book Launch” on December 10th to celebrate the publication of the Literacy Council of Frederick County’s inspiring new literary magazine, Reflections:  Voices of English Learners featuring stories written by our students. Jim Grissom, President of the Board of...

Volunteer Spotlight: Basic Literacy & ESL Coordinators Provide Critical Support
January 22, 2021January 22, 2021
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Volunteer Spotlight: Basic Literacy & ESL Coordinators Provide Critical Support

Tutoring is one of the Literacy Council’s core programs matching trained volunteer tutors with adult learners who have come to our organization seeking help with improving their English language or reading skills. This past year, 127 volunteer tutors helped 189 adult learners, meeting weekly in public places one-to-one or in small groups, until this past...

Celebration of Achievements: A Virtual  Tribute to Our Students
December 8, 2020December 8, 2020
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Celebration of Achievements: A Virtual Tribute to Our Students

2020 has definitely been a year full of challenges, yet our 7th annual Celebration of Achievements, held virtually, is a tribute to the remarkable achievements of our adult learners this year.  In spite of restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, our students remained dedicated to their goals of learning, continuing with their classes and tutoring...

Volunteer Spotlight: Honoring Doris Vierbuchen
December 8, 2020December 8, 2020
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Volunteer Spotlight: Honoring Doris Vierbuchen

Our Volunteer Spotlight this month honors Doris Vierbuchen. Doris first began volunteering with the Literacy Council 23 years ago, in 1997, when she attended a tutor training workshop and became a volunteer tutor. She tutored two adults for almost two years. During that time, she was recruited to help tutor employees at Liberty Seafood, an...

December 8, 2020December 8, 2020
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Welcome to Victoria

The Literacy Council is pleased to welcome its newest staff member to the team! Victoria dos Santos has joined the Literacy Council’s office staff/volunteer team as Program/Office Assistant.  This new part-time position will directly support the Council’s growing Parent Literacy and Workplace Literacy Programs, prospective volunteers during the orientation and training process, and provide day-to-day...

Volunteer Spotlight: Honoring Caroline Gaver
October 29, 2020December 7, 2020
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Volunteer Spotlight: Honoring Caroline Gaver

We dedicate this first edition of our new monthly Volunteer Spotlight to Caroline Gaver. For 45 years, Caroline has volunteered with the Literacy Council of Frederick County.  She is a tireless advocate for adults who struggle to read and write in their native English, or who face obstacles in their daily lives because they don’t...

Tutor Training Goes Virtual!!
October 26, 2020October 26, 2020
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Tutor Training Goes Virtual!!

Our tutor training has gone virtual! Training tutors has always been at the heart of the Literacy Council’s endeavor. Without a steady new supply of the great people who volunteer to teach English and reading skills to our adult students, we’d soon be unable to function. A few of our volunteers have some experience teaching,...

Ambassador of the Year Award Honors Workplace Classes
October 21, 2020October 26, 2020
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Ambassador of the Year Award Honors Workplace Classes

At its Annual Membership Meeting on October 21, 2020, the Tourism Council of Frederick County’s Board President Scott Wisnom announced that the Literacy Council is the recipient of this year’s Visit Frederick Ambassador of the Year Award for teaching workplace English to hotel housekeeping staff. “This year I am proud to say that our Ambassador...

Literacy Council Welcomes New Board Members & Officers
August 5, 2020October 8, 2020
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Literacy Council Welcomes New Board Members & Officers

The Literacy Council of Frederick County’s Board of Directors recently welcomed new members, installed new officers and acknowledged the leadership and extensive contributions of its departing President and board members whose terms recently ended. Joining the Literacy Council’s Board are: Erik Jones, Leah Knecht, Beth Lowe and Catherine Mock. Erik Jones is a Community Supervision...

COABE Conference Goes Virtual!
July 24, 2020October 8, 2020
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COABE Conference Goes Virtual!

Article written by Lynn (Linda) Bruton, the Literacy Council’s volunteer Basic Literacy Program Coordinator following her participation in this conference. The Coalition on Adult Basic Education is the voice of adult basic education nationwide. With more than 15,000 members, its stated mission is to advance national and international adult education and literacy opportunities through initiatives in...