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25th Annual Adult Spelling Bee – 2017

June 9, 2017

Have fun & raise funds to provide free one-on-one tutoring for adults who need help with reading, writing, spelling, grammar and comprehension.

2016 Winning Team: Clermont Cougars 

Registration – 11:00 a.m.
Competition – 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Miami Township Civic Center
6101 Meijer Drive
Milford, Ohio 45150

Download Team Registration & Donation Form here.

Download Information Flyer here.

Clermont Chamber of Commerce: The Hip Bees

Ohio Means Jobs Clermont County: Super Bees


Concert to Benefit Literacy

The Power of Reading – The Power of Music

Musicians: Sarah Kim, Suzanne Bona, Paul Alexander, Stephen Fryxell and Manisha Patel

Sunday, March 19
2:00 p.m.

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
8101 Beechmont Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45255
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On-line ticket sales ended on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern time. Tickets are available at the concert for $30.00.



Honorary Advocate:
Paul AlexanderCincinnati Bengals Assistant Coach/Offensive Line

Susan Vilardo, Exec. Dir. of Literacy Council, Paul Alexander, Cincinnati Bengals

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Susan on WVXU

The WVXU Morning Edition on February 27, 2017 was a discussion about adult literacy and local efforts to help adults increase their reading, comprehension and math abilities. Guests included our Executive Director, Susan Vilardo, Robbie Thomas of the Cincinnati Public Schools Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) programs, and Michael Loch, communications director with Give Back Cincinnati.

Go to this address, and press the play button to listen to the recording.





Please donate on November 29, 2016

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Adults come to The Literacy Council of Clermont & Brown Counties to improve their reading skills, so they can help children with homework, find a job, pass the GED, read to grandchildren, and pay bills without help. You help them accomplish these important activities with your financial donation to the agency. On behalf of these courageous adult learners who change their lives every day through the power of reading and writing, we thank you for your generosity. Happy Holidays!

On-line Donation via PayPal
(you do not need a PayPal account)

Please include your email address in your PayPal transaction.
Your contribution receipt will be sent to your email address.

If you prefer, you can make a donation by sending a check.

Make your check payable to LCCBC and send it to the following address:

The Literacy Council of Clermont & Brown Counties
745 Center Street, Suite 300
Milford, OH 45150

The Literacy Council of Clermont & Brown Counties is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. 


24th Annual Spelling Bee – 2016

The 2016 Literacy Council Spelling Bee held on June 10, 2016 at the Miami Township Civic Center was a big success! Thank you to all the Spelling Bee teams, volunteers, donors, sponsors, and Miami Township Civic Center Trustees for your generosity in providing time, gifts, space and participation.

Congratulations to the eight teams who participated this year, finishing in this order:

  1. UC Clermont College – “Clermont Cougars”
  2. Tepe & Eichert Families – “The Inkredibles”
  3. Total Quality Logistics – “Spellt Bred”
  4. Clermont Chamber of Commerce – “The Hip Bees”
  5. Literacy Council – “ABZ’s”
  6. Ohio Means Jobs Clermont County – “Super Bees”
  7. L-3 Communications FOS – “BEE L-3”
  8. Clermont County Public Library – “Bookworms”

Additional Awards and Pictures ……
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Piggies for Literacy

The Literacy Council needs your help

Please consider being a part of the Literacy Council and the Piggest Raffle Ever

Simply adopt a Pig, $5.00 each, for a chance
to win on Flying Pig Marathon Weekend and
The Literacy Council receives 100% of your donation!

Assist Us in Reaching Our Goal of $2,000

Every Pig Purchase helps us buy specialized tutoring materials. Adult learners benefit from our one-on-one tutoring programs and gain life-changing skills that impact their self-esteem, build stronger families and transform their entire way of living.

New for 2016, get more PIGS for your money!
Order 6 or 12 PIGS and get a discount
PLUS end up with more chances to win!

It’s easy, and you don’t have to be present to win!

Log on to:  www.piggestraffle.com

  1. CHOOSE A CHARITY – “Literacy Council of Clermont & Brown
  2. CHOOSE QUANTITY – $5.00 a pig or choose more
  3. ADOPT – purchase and check out


  • 1st Place: $10,000 Cash ($5,000 to winning ticket holder and $5,000 to the charity who sold the ticket)
  • 2nd Place: 2 year lease on a Toyota Prius
  • 3rd Place: Cincinnati Get-Away Experience (Valued at over $1,500)

See the flyer for more details.2016piggestflyer


2016 Spelling Bee Details

Have fun & raise funds to provide free one-on-one tutoring for adults who need help with reading, writing, spelling, grammar and comprehension.

June 10, 2016
Registration 11:00
Competition 12:00 to 3:00

Miami Township Civic Center
6101 Meijer Drive
Milford, Ohio 45150

Download the information flyer here.

Download the Donation and
Team Registration forms here.


Remembering Jo Ann Washburn

From Susan M. Vilardo, Executive Director, Literacy Council – “Jo Ann was a huge advocate for The Literacy Council. There are many adults who will be able to read these words because of Jo Ann’s tireless efforts tutoring individuals with their reading and writing skills. Jo Ann believed that everyone deserved the right to reach his or her full potential. Jo Ann had an infectious enthusiasm for learning and a deep passion for giving back. She also had a huge weakness for collecting dolls and was NOT to be outbid at the council’s auctions and spelling bee fund raisers if a Raggedy Ann was in sight. We extend our deepest sympathy to her husband Lew who has lost his dearest friend and “teaching partner” of many, many years. May you rest in Peace Jo Ann. Get ready heaven, reading improvement classes start promptly!”

JoAnnWashburnJo Ann Washburn died peacefully on December 24, 2015. Jo Ann was born in Saginaw Michigan January 25, 1926, the daughter of Bill and Mary Cox.  A longtime resident of Terrace Park, Jo Ann is survived by her husband of over 59 years, Lewis Washburn; her children Brand (Joanna) Washburn of Goshen, OH., Todd (Mary Rita) Washburn of Cincinnati, OH., and Amy (Steve) Moenning of Fort Myers, FL.  She leaves behind eight grandchildren; David (Sharon), Daniel (April), Joseph (Sara), Sammy and Will Washburn, Anne, Emily and Melanie Moenning, and four great-grandchildren.  Jo Ann was preceded in death by her brother Jim (Shirley) Cox of Indianapolis, and by her beloved grandson Michael Washburn.   Jo Ann was a graduate of Miami University, and earned her Master’s in Montessori Education from Xavier University.  Her career began as a commercial artist, but her love for children steered her toward education.  Many were touched by her work as an educator, as Jo Ann established several Head Start Programs for preschoolers in the 1970s, and later was instrumental in creating the early childhood development program during her long career at Live Oaks Vocational School.  Her work as an educator continued after she retired from teaching, as Jo Ann and Lew continued into their 80s teaching English as a Second Language at Scarlet Oaks.  Hers is a legacy of volunteerism:  Jo Ann was a founding member of Inter Parish Ministry, a swim instructor at the Stepping Stones Center, a Den Mother for Troup 286 in Terrace Park, a member of the Terrace Park Volunteer Life Squad, and a volunteer into her last decade with the Literacy Council.  A member at Armstrong Chapel, Jo Ann was active in the choir, the Women’s Network, and Interfaith Hospitality Network.  After retirement Jo Ann could be found with an Appalachian lap dulcimer, bringing joy to many through music as a member of the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society.  Memorial Service at Courtyard at Seasons Community Room on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 12:30 PM. The family asks that memorials be directed to Inter Parish Ministry, 3509 DeBolt Road, Cincinnati, OH  45244. Condolences at hodappfuneralhome.com.