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Join Groovy Nate, his guitar, puppet friends, and other creative instruments for a musical adventure! Groovy Nate will perform at LCNV’s Reading: A Family Affair (RAFA), which will bring books to life through performance art. The RAFA festivities will take place Saturday, March 24, 2012, and run from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM at the James Lee Community Center.
After watching the Groovy Nate show, Sheryl Leeds, a Supervisor at Arlington Public Schools, stated: Groovy Nate’s show engaged children in an innovative and creative approach that incorporated literacy, music and movement, and had the participants rocking and reading!
Elnathan K. Starnes, known as Groovy Nate, has been a working musician and song-writer in the Washington Metropolitan Area for over thirteen years. Elnathan is a featured guitarist on several CDs and has performed with several Washington DC-based groups. In 1997, he founded the award-winning soul band, Oktbrwrld, with whom he made four CD’s. Elnathan wrote the film score and co-wrote the film short The Water Story, which appeared on BET. Two of his songs are featured in the major motion picture Cougar Club. He is now a member of both the National Capital Puppet Guild and Puppeteers of America.
As Groovy Nate, Elnathan has performed at various venues in the DC/MD/VA area including: The Children’s Inaugural Ball; Source Theater Washington DC; Art on the Avenue, Del Ray,VA; The Children’s Inn, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD; Arlington Title I Mailbox Books Program, Arlington,VA; DC National Association for the Education of Young Children; and Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD.
Nate is a certified Music Together teacher, and teaches Music Together as well as Groovy Nate Music and Movement classes in the Northern Virginia area. Elnathan and his wife, Kisha Kenyatta, along with their two young children, combine talents to create meaningful and educational performance art and edutainment for children and families. They produced the first Groovy Nate CD, Meet Groovy Nate, in 2009.
Groovy Nate will give two performances at LCNV’s Reading: A Family Affair; the first performance begins at 10AM, and the second will take place at 10:45 AM. Adults and children get ready to explore various musical genres such as Reggae and Hip Hop. Come prepared to laugh and play together, and be inspired to bring music and imagination into your everyday lives.
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Your support of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia in 2011 has transformed the lives of our adult learners and their children, as well as our community as a whole. Before the year ends, would you please consider making one final donation that will help us continue our work in the new year?
Thanks to the gifts of your time, talents, and treasure, women like Maria in McLean have the opportunity to improve their English skills and secure better employment.
I am grateful for the opportunity to study with LCNV. The people have been a great help teaching me English. I have been studying English here for five years and have progressed a lot, but still have much more to learn; it’s difficult to learn another language. Now I have a job as a housekeeper for a family. I drive their car, cook and do their laundry.
Please make one last donation before the end of 2011 and join LCNV’s family of everyday philanthropists who are ensuring that low-income and immigrant adults in our community have the resources they need to survive and thrive.
Best wishes for 2012,
Patricia M. Donnelly
P.S. Remember, your donations totaling $500 or more in 2011 may be eligible for a 40% state tax credit in Virginia. Make your donation online now using our secure processing system or visit our website for more information about the Neighborhood Assistance Program.
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Typically graduations for me are solemn events that signify an ending, and I’m not good with endings. However, this past week with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia Fall Graduations, I wasn’t filled with my usual sense of dread at an ending; rather I felt overwhelming pride at my students’ accomplishments. As I scored students’ post tests, I was almost as nervous as if they were my own tests because in a way they were! I felt that if they didn’t improve, I failed as a teacher. However, by the end of this week I realized that scores are not the only way to measure a student’s success. I have several students, who despite the fact that they did not increase their test score, have increased their confidence and willingness to try and fail before they get it right. I am so proud of all of them, and had a wonderful time celebrating all of their accomplishments at our multiple graduation parties. I think my favorite memory, however, will be salsa dancing with Josefina, a 98 year old student who inspires me to have a more positive outlook on life and learning, as well as the belief that – to quote my favorite movie – “Tomorrow is another day!”
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It’s only been a week since Thanksgiving and at LCNV we are ready for another party. This is the Holiday Season, and we want to make sure all of our friends and family have a wonderfully happy holiday season.
Please plan on joining us on Tuesday, December 6th at the James Lee Community Center.
Bring your whole family and a favorite dish to share with 6 – 10 people.
The holidays are a time to recognize and remember the generous people who give so much of their time, talent, and treasure to support the work of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. This season is also a time to thank the hard-working adult learners who help promote the success of the Council through their own achievements. In addition to our supporters and students, the Literacy Council is grateful to the James Lee Community Center who provides not only LCNV’s office space, but their big gymnasium for our big party. LCNV has a lot to celebrate and we would love to have you there celebrating with us. Please come.
When : Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where : James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
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Imagine if you could not read a teacher’s note about your child’s school performance. Picture yourself trying to decipher medicine labels. Envision maneuvering a place as large as Northern Virginia without knowing how to read a bus schedule or Metro map. These simple tasks are immense challenges for someone who is illiterate. Literacy is a survival skill. By empowering individuals with the gift of literacy, LCNV opens pathways that enable them to become more independent, confident, and active in their communities.
Give to the Max Day is a one-day fundraising event that unites local Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC communities to support nonprofits serving the area. LCNV, alongside hundreds of nonprofits, will compete for cash awards and matching grants offered throughout the day. Every donation you make gives the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia a chance to win even more funding.
Please visit http://give2max.razoo.com/story/Lcnv, and consider making a contribution to the LCNV Scholarship and Advancement Fund. Your generous contribution of $50 will directly support an adult learner for a full semester. By donating $150, you will enable a student to attend a full year of classes. A $500 donation will enable a mother and her two children to participate in a 12-week family learning class. Consider donating to the Fund, and support an adult who has come forward to learn.
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
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As I was setting up for my classes at the Lincolnia Senior Center, one of my teachers asked me if we were still having class next week. Since there were no holidays coming up or snow storms predicted, I immediately felt slightly alarmed. Apparently, I had missed the sign on the front door that said the Senior Center was re-paving its parking lot all the following week.
We only had a week before graduation, so we needed to hold class. After brainstorming with several of my co-workers, we decided to move the class to Mark Center Club, a nearby community center. I was anticipating confusion when I announced the change in class location on Thursday, but the students seemed to understand easily. As I repeated the directions for the fifth time, one student gave me a look and said, “It’s ok teacher, we’ll just put it in the computer.”
Despite the students’ apparent understanding, I was a little nervous. A lot of students walk, the directions might have been unclear, everyone had paid for this class and now they were missing two days, it was right before graduation, what if people didn’t know to go the graduation next week etc. But when I got to Mark Center Club there were already two students there. Over the next two hours, the students slowly trickled in. By the end of the class, almost everyone was in attendance.
Moral of the story: Our students are amazing! They are so determined to learn, they will literally go an extra mile (or two miles), take a new bus, or find a ride just to make sure they don’t miss even one English class. This is why I love my job!
-Kerrin Epstein, Lead Teacher and AmeriCorps Member
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Five registrations down, nine to go! So far the Literacy Council has registered about 120 students at our sites in Alexandria, Falls Church, Lorton, Herndon, and Springfield. Our numbers are slightly decreased from the fall, but we are hoping that a large contingent of returning students will show for the first day of class. Tonight we have our remaining Learning Centers registrations. The Learning Centers program is for all adults over the age of 18 who need beginning help with English. The registrations are at the Woodrow Wilson Library in Falls Church, the Lincolnia Senior Center in Alexandria, and at our very own office in the James Lee Community Center. All the sites will open for registration at 5:30 and will remain open until 8:00. If you know anyone who would like to take English class, send them over!
Next week begins our Family Learning Program registrations. The Family Learning Program offers English classes for adults who have children in their lives. The Family Learning Program sites all offer child care. Below is list of Family Learning Program registration times and locations:
Hollin Hall Senior Center 1500 Shenandoah Rd. Alexandria, VA 22308 January 31 5:30-8:00
Higher Horizons Head Start 5920-B Summers Lane Falls Church, VA 22041 January 31 4:30-7:00
Herndon Fortnightly Library 768 Center St. Herndon, VA 20170 February 1 5:30-8:00
Connections For Hope 13525 Dulles Technology Dr., Suite 103 Herndon, VA 20171 February 1 9:30AM-12:00PM
Woodlawn Elementary School 8505 Highland Lane Alexandria, VA 22309 February 2 5:00-7:30
Crestwood Elementary School 6010 Hanover Ave. Springfield, VA 22150 February 2 9:00-11:30 AM
As of now, all of our sites are open. Late registrations for all locations (both Learning Centers and Family Learning) will occur on February 5th from 3:00 to 6:00 at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd. Falls Church, VA 22042.
For more information, please call 703-237-0866
-Kerrin Epstein, Lead Teacher and AmeriCorps Member