April 6, 2013
There are over 70,000 people in Anne Arundel county who are not functionally literate in English. Adults with improved literacy are more likely to avoid crime, remain healthier, become employees, and raise children who are better prepared for school. Helping people become more functionally literate – whether immigrants or native-born – is one of the most rewarding things I've done. It's rewarding because I can touch one person at a time and really see a difference in that person's self-confidence that comes with achievement. An English tutor can see the relief, satisfaction, pleasure and new optimism that comes from acquiring a skill that will let that person become a contributing member of their community - often to get a better job and help take care of their family. The AACLC is critically important to the health and welfare of the county's residents who need help to help themselves and their families overcome the roadblock to success that functional illiteracy poses.
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