The Literacy Buzz

One Tutor, One Student, One Word at a Time
April 2013

Dear friend:

April seems to be raining on the Literacy Council with opportunities to “shower” some pennies on the agency.  If all goes well, maybe a lot more than pennies!

  • We are happy to be participating in the Piggiest Raffle, through the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, where every $5.00 piggy represents money that comes directly to our agency. 
  • Read on to hear more about re-enrolling or joining the Kroger Community Rewards. 
  • How about becoming a volunteer tutor this summer at UC Clermont College? 
  • The 21st Annual Spelling Bee takes place on June 14th.  If you are not brave enough to don a costume and spell some of the most difficult words under the sun, then come on out and cheer your favorite team on to victory or take a stroll through the silent auction tables.  It is a "Busy Bee" of an afternoon. 

Look, it is showering Piggies and Bees!

May a good READ find its way into your lap,
Susan M. Vilardo
Executive Director

2013 Piggest Raffle

Adopt a Pig or More and Help the Literacy Council

On May 4, 2013, the Eve of the Flying Pig Marathon, pre-purchased little rubber piggies will be dropped on a target in Cincinnati.  Your Piggy could win one of three prizes including a two-year lease on a Prius, a trip in 2014 to the Boston Marathon or an exclusive night out in Cincinnati.  Raffle ticket piggies are $5 each and are purchased in 3 easy steps on line.  Be sure to select Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties during step one as 100% of the proceeds from every sale of the piggies comes directly back to our agency. 

For additional information, please see the flyer on our website at
or go directly to the purchasing website

Remember to select Literacy Council during step one!  Thank you!

Time to Re-enroll your Kroger Community Rewards Card

If you have linked the Literacy Council with your Kroger Plus card, then you MUST re-register starting in April to participate for another year.  Please follow these steps:

  1. Log onto web site
  2. Sign in using your email address and password.  If you have forgotten your password, click on "Forgot your password?" and a link will be sent to your email to reset your password.
  3. Enter Literacy Council's five digit NPO number 82906 or use the first three letters of our name.  Then click on "Search".
  4. Click on the circle to select it when Literacy Council appears under the Organization Name. 
  5. Save changes and it's complete!

Thank you so much for your participation as this was a new opportunity for us last year and you helped us receive just over $500.  We were able to offer book scholarships to those students who cannot afford the cost of their text materials.

If you have not enrolled and would like to do so, you can to register your Kroger Plus Card in the program through the same web site.

Summer Tutor Volunteer Opportunity

Tutors for UC Clermont College English Preparatory Classes

The Literacy Council seeks volunteer tutors for English 0097 & 1000 Preparatory Reading, Writing and Composition Classes.  Mastery in these classes allows the student entry into English Composition 1001.  As a volunteer tutor you can expect:

  • tutoring to bolster confidence and provide positive feedback to the students
  • to offer tutoring assistance during class time (determined by instructor - i.e. if class meets three times a week, you may only be asked to attend one or two times per week)
  • to build in time to tutor before or after class (as your schedule permits.)
  • no previous experience as a tutor is necessary
  • a brief orientation with Literacy Council staff

This unique volunteer experience takes place either the entire Summer Semester:  May 6, 2013 - August 10, 2013 or over two Half Sessions:  May 6, 2013 - June 21, 2013 and/or June 24, 2013 - August 9, 2013 on the campus of UC Clermont College.

UC Clermont in Batavia offers Preparatory English Classes to students who need extra assistance with their reading and writing skills.  The instructors who teach these classes have found that utilizing volunteer tutors have been extremely beneficial to both in the classroom assisting instructor and students and afterwards - providing additional tutoring for the students.  Both tutors & students have been finding great enjoyment from the group and one-on-one interactions.  Come spend some time at college!

These are the classes offered this semester that embrace tutors in the classroom.  If your schedule allows, classes starting prior to 6:30 PM are in the greatest demand, so if you are available during the day, please consider a daytime tutoring class.

No Classes on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013 or Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, 2013. Classes End August 7, 2013.

Sign Up to Become a College Volunteer Tutor
Once you browse the list of class offerings, choose the class that best suits your timelines.  Look closely at the CODING for the days of the week the classes meet as it typically represents more than a single day per week.   Email or call me with this information below, Susan Vilardo - 513.831.7323,

Volunteer Tutor's Name  _____________________________________

Phone Number ____________________________________________ 

Email ___________________________________________________

Class Selected ___________________________________________

Meeting Days ____________________________________________

Your gift of time will be much appreciated this SUMMER semester.  If you have been searching for a short-term project with a longer-term reward that has long-lasting affects, this is it!  We would be pleased to have you join us this semester.  Sometimes, a tutor's help can make all the difference between the pivotal turning point of success or defeat in the life of a student who is struggling.  Be there to sprinkle some magic and watch the "ripple of good" take root.

Help this program grow.  Please share this tutoring opportunity with others by passing it along! 
Thank-you very much!
21st Annual
It's time to register your two or three person adult team, hone in on those spelling skills, create a costume and mark your calendars for Friday, June 14, 2013.  The Literacy Council will be hosting the Spelling Bee at the Miami Township Civic Center with doors opening at 11:00 AM, lunch at 11:30 AM, and Spelling starting at 12:00 noon.   Prizes will be awarded for the teams who place first, second and third, best costume and most team spirit.  The Literacy Council will provide free pizza lunch as well as hold a silent auction and several raffles to entice your wallets throughout the Bee.  For more information or to obtain a registration packet, please call 513-831-7323 or send an email to Rose M. Tepe at  
Meet the Literacy Council Board Members
Meredith Delaney - Vice Pres, Jerome H. Eichert - Treasurer,
Rebecca Reynolds, Tom Rocklin, Jeannee Saunders,
Rose M. Tepe - President and Chris Wick - Secretary
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