The Literacy Buzz

One Tutor, One Student, One Word at a Time
December 2012
Giving Back - The Gift of Reading
Ralph “RJ” Joseph Vilardo
1930 - 2012

Dear friend:

During this Christmas season I am reminded of something my father, RJ Vilardo would love to do.  He called it “midnight shopping” and even though it was only 10 or 11:00 PM, he would rally whoever was still awake into a last-minute shopping spree at some local establishment.  I would often be sleep-walking behind my shopping cart but my father’s infectious energy typically ignited me into wide-awake wonder.

My father passed away very unexpectedly about a month ago.  He had not been ill.  He was a huge advocate of the Literacy Council and was constantly calling me up with some new idea on how he thought funds could be raised for the agency; not at ten or eleven at night but during working hours.  I realize now that my father, the son of immigrant parents, understood the importance of having that solid connection in one’s education that allows for the ability to read, write and comprehend the written word.  Without it, the life-dream of goals and accomplishments simply cannot be attained. 

My father sold cars for 56 years and in his later years came to enjoy diving into novels as a means of relaxation.  Secretly, I suspect Dad struggled with reading issues during his formative years and surmounted tough learning obstacles to become the strong community leader, board and charity volunteer.  Then my father pursued one of his greatest “attainments” of all and became a Partner in Education with the Milford Exempted Village Schools.  Dad  would visit the elementary classrooms and read stories to the students.  He glowed when he spoke about those exchanges with the children.

The power of being able to read and write is truly all around us.  Some people just need a little extra help in reaching it.   The Literacy Council offers hope to adults who want to make a better place in this world for themselves and their families.  

Please consider a donation to our Annual Campaign.   If you have already made your contribution, in the spirit of my father’s infectious enthusiasm, I thank you so very much; maybe I will see you after “midnight shopping” enjoying sunrise breakfast somewhere.

Susan M. Vilardo
Executive Director

2012 Appeal Campaign

Help a Student Achieve Greatness
Sponsor an Adult Student for a Year
Literacy Council of Clermont & Brown Counties
2011 Appeal Campaign

  • Over $500 Matched Student/Tutor Level
  • $500 Eager Student Level
  • $250 Volunteer Tutor Level
  • $150 New Reader Level
  • $100 Great Speller Level
  • $75 Creative Writer Level
  • $50 Book Lover Level
  • $25 First Time Student Level
  • Other Achievement Level

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Spelling Bee 2013
Tutoring at College

Fifteen-Week Volunteer Opportunity


Tutors for UC Clermont College English Preparatory Classes
- Description of the Opportunity -


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 tutor you should expect:

  • tutoring to bolster confidence and provide positive feedback to student(s)
  • offering 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)
  • building in time to tutor before or after class (as your schedule permits.)
  • no previous experience as a tutor is necessary (we will provide)
  • brief introduction orientation – (TBA)

This unique volunteer experience takes place during the spring semester on the campus of UC Clermont College from January 7, 2011 through April 19, 2013.

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!

Spring Semester 2013
Classes begin:   Monday, January 7, 2013
Classes end: Friday, April 19, 2013

These are the classes that are offered this semester and welcome the 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 day time tutoring class.

Holidays – NO CLASSES
Martin L. King’s Birthday – Monday, January 21, 2013
Spring Break – Monday-Sunday, March 18-24, 2013

Days of the Week are CODED:
M = Mon, T=Tues, W=Wed, R=Thurs, F=Fri
i.e.,  TR – class meets on Tues and Thurs
MWF – class meets on Mon, Wed, and Fri
Sign Up to Become a College Volunteer Tutor
Classes begin week of: January 7; Classes end Friday, April 19
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 most appreciated this semester.  With the change over from the quarter system to semesters, there are more classes and the need is much greater for the extra tutoring assistance.  If you have been searching for a short-term project with a longer-term reward with 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 that turning point of success or defeat in the life of a student who is struggling.

Help this program grow.  Please share this tutoring opportunity with others by passing it along! 
Meet the Literacy Council Board Members
Doug P. Ackermann, Suzanne Bona-Hatem,
Meredith Delaney - Vice Pres, Jerome H. Eichert - Treasurer,
Kathleen A. Gillespie, John J. O'Connor, Tom Rocklin,
Jeannee Saunders, Jason Sims - President,
Rose M. Tepe and Chris Wick - Secretary
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