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!”
Jo 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.
The 2015 Literacy Council Spelling Bee held on June 12, 2015 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:
- Ohio Means Jobs Clermont County – “Beeauties”
- Literacy Council – “ABZ’s”
- Clermont County Public Library – “Bookworms”
- LEAD Clermont Class of 2015 – “#BA Fearless Fifteen”
- “The Inkredibles”
- UC Clermont College – “EMT’s”
- Pinebrook Retirement Living – “Word Nerds”
- Clermont Chamber of Commerce – “The Hip Bees”
Additional Awards and Pictures ……
Clermont County Commissioner Ed Humphrey talks with Susan Vilardo about the Literacy Council and the 2015 Adult Spelling Bee.
The Literacy Buzz, published on April 23, 2015.
Have fun & raise funds to provide free one-on-one tutoring for adults who need help with reading, writing, spelling, grammar and comprehension.
June 12, 2015
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.
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The 2014 Literacy Council Spelling Bee held on June 6, 2014 at 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 for spelling those TOUGH words. The silent auction tables had fantastic items, raffle tickets were sold for split-the-pot and a gift card poster. The Literacy Council event raised $8,000 which will be used for tutoring and helping adult learners improve their literacy skills.
- Clermont County Job and Family Services
- Clermont County Public Library
- Literacy Council
- Park National Bank
- St. Timothy Episcopal Church
- Tepe Family & Friend
- UC Clermont College
And the winners are ……
- First Place – Clermont County Public Library
- Second Place – Clermont County Job and Family Services
- Third Place – Literacy Council
- Best Spirit – Tepe Family & Friend
- Best Costume – Park National Bank
The Literacy Buzz, published on March 4, 2014.