LCNV: 2011 Literacy Champion of Virginia

December 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Uncategorized, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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Recently, the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Poinsettia Festival Awards Dinner and Dance, which honored the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia with the 2011 Literacy Champion of Virginia award.  The theme of the gala “English Literacy:  Pathway to the American Dream,” spoke to the heart of LCNV’s work, which aims to open doors of opportunities by giving adults in Northern Virginia the gift of literacy.

As president of LCNV’s Board of Directors, I was invited to attend the dinner and award ceremony. The event was held at the Kellog Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University.  Salsa music greeted us as we walked through the doors to the ballroom.   Delicious aromas, emanating from platters of food, enticed our appetites.   Over 100 people filled the room – all dressed in festive attire and ready to celebrate the MAHCC’s Annual Awards Dinner and Dance.

Dr. Jorge Ribas, President and CEO of the Chamber presented the 2011 Literacy Champion of Virginia award with a personal story emphasizing the importance of knowing how to read, write, and speak English.  He spoke of the Council’s valuable work in promoting literacy, emphasizing its important role in the pathway to the American dream.   I was honored to accept the award for the Council.   In accepting the award, I spoke about LCNV’s mission, and the work of Literacy Council’s staff and 1200+ volunteers.  This occasion hallmarked the excitement of the budding partnership between the Literacy Council and MAHCC; working together we will reach and serve more learners and volunteers.

Mary Ann Nocerino, President of the LCNV Board of Directors
Educational Consultant, Reading Specialist


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