Thank You for Making 50 Years of Success Happen!

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See more GOLDEN REUNION pics on LCNV’s Flickr.

* Photos courtesy of Hernan Vargas and Daniel Afzal

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia would like to thank all of the students, volunteers, and supporters who attended LCNV’s Golden Reunion this past Sunday.  Bringing new and old friends together, the Golden Reunion honored the accomplishments of its students and volunteers. The event was truly a success, and included many highlights!

Every year LCNV holds a student essay contest. The Literacy Council received many essays in response to this year’s student essay contest topic: Celebrating Literacy: My Celebrations, Big and Small. Anxiously, LCNV announced the Student Essay Contest Winners which included: Nasr Youssef (1st Place Basic Literacy Tutoring Student Essay); Janice dos Santos (2nd Place Basic Literacy Tutoring Student Essay); Miriam Rosas (1st Place ESOL Tutoring Student Essay); Ann Choi (2nd Place ESOL Tutoring Student Essay); Huiyan Wang (1st Place Classroom Student Essay); and Elsa Ortiz (2nd Place Classroom Student Essay).  We are incredibly proud of all the winners! Many of the winners were surprised to find that LCNV proudly displayed excerpts from their essays throughout the venue. We’d like to once again, congratulate our winners!

The Council also recognized the Bev­erly M. Newport Memorial Fund and the Virginia Literacy Foundation for their exceptional support of our mission. Without the help of organizations such as these, LCNV would not be able to bring much needed services to individuals who need and want to learn how to read, write, speak, and understand English. We are truly thankful to the Bev­erly M. Newport Memorial Fund and the Virginia Literacy Foundation for their continued support.

A special event highlight included LCNV’s “Decades of Success” panel discussion. Moderated by Laurie Hayden, a teacher and tutor, the panel included: Candelario Chavez, Kerrin Epstein, Doris Gone, Maria Henriquez, Sally Jaggar, Bobby Jo Small, and Bob Stump.  Here, students, teachers, and tutors came together to discuss how LCNV has changed their lives; they commented upon the surprises and challenges they faced, as well as the lessons they learned throughout their experience at LCNV.

The Golden Reunion would not have been possible without the help of the Golden Reunion Committee and the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee. The Literacy Council extends a big thank you to the Golden Reunion Committee: Audrey Lipps, Golden Reunion Committee Chair; Doris Addo; Rena Baker ; Fatima El Amrani; Ruth Hansen; Mary Hollingshead ; Sarah (Sally) Jaggar ; Karen Lezny ; Becca Lipps ; Juana Merlo ; Jessica Raines ; Bobby Joe Small; Anne Spear ; Robin Walker ; Ron Wise ; and Michael Wolff. LCNV extends another big thank you to the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee: Jan Auerbach, 50th Anniversary Events Chair; Elsa Angell; Rena Baker; Avis Black; Rebekah Bundang; Mary Hollingshead; Anne Poad; and Jean Sweeney. The Council would also like to thank Delegate Mark Keam  for attending the Golden Reunion, and showing his support.

Once again, the Literacy Council thanks all of the students, volunteers, and supporters who made the Golden Reunion such a successful and memorable event!

Visit LCNV’s Flickr to see more Golden Reunion pics!

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, Va 22042
(703)237-0866 ext 112
www.LCNV.org

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LCNV’s Golden Reunion is this Sunday!

August 23, 2012 at 1:47 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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Please join the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia this Sunday for our

Golden Reunion 

Celebrating 50 years of promoting literacy!

Reconnect with old friends, students, tutors, teachers, and supporters. Hear about the impact the Council has had on the lives of both instructors and learners. Learn how the Council has evolved to support the changing needs of the community. Program begins at 4 PM and will be followed by a reception.

 SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2012  │ 4 PM to 7PM

Northern Virginia Community College │ Ernst Community Cultural Center
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

Complimentary Program and Reception │ Dress Casual │ Free Parking
RSVP to 703-237-0866 or info@lcnv.org

Check out LCNV’s Summer 2012 Newsletter!

August 13, 2012 at 2:59 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Student Stories, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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DIRECTOR’S LETTER:
LCNV – Setting the Tone for the Future

LCNV had every intention of beginning our 50th Anniversary year on July 1st with a big splash.  Unfortunately, on July 1st, many people were still in the dark because of the storms.  The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia may not have had the big reunion party – yet – but we have started the year with much excitement and positive growth.  We hope to see you for our rescheduled Golden Reunion on Sunday, August 26, from 4 – 7 PM!

The LCNV Board of Directors transitioned in new officers at the July Board meeting, thanking Mary Ann Nocerino for her six years of excellent leadership and service…Read on.

TUTORS CORNER
It is always wonderful to receive phone calls or quarterly reports from tutors, announcing that their students have achieved learning goals.  It is especially celebratory when that goal is the special one of obtaining US citizenship.  The first half of 2012 has provided the Literacy Council with many such celebratory moments. We’re happy to report that over a dozen tutoring students passed the citizenship exam and/or were sworn in as citizens during this period.  Each naturalized student undoubtedly came away from the ceremony with his or her own memories of the most meaningful part…Read on to see how citizenship impacts students and their tutors.

DONOR SPOTLIGHT: Philip L. Graham Fund
LCNV’s website is its core communication platform with its students, volunteers, donors, and corporate and community partners. This past fall, the Literacy Council decided to redesign its six-year-old website, aiming to improve communications, and reach even more potential students and supporters… Read more

NEIGHBORHOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
“This year I will double the amount that I give to the Literacy Council because of the Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax Credits!” pledged John Odenwelder, Vice President of LCNV’s Board of Directors and Chair of its Fund Development Committee. Learn how you can take advantage of this Virginia State Tax Credit. 

GET CONNECTED
LCNV’s Golden Reunion – August 26, 2012
Reconnect with old friends, students, tutors, teachers, and supporters. Hear about the impact the Council has had on the lives of both instructors and learners. Learn how the Council has evolved to support the changing needs of the community. Find out more…

Race for a Cause – October 14, 2012 
LCNV is partnering with Acumen Solutions for their 4th Annual Race for a Cause™ 8K and 1Mile Fun Run race in Arlington, Virginia. LCNV is one of 10 charities benefiting from the race, and it’s up to the runner or walker to pick which charity their donation will benefit. Find out more… 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
LCNV’s programs would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers. Please consider helping adults learn to read, write, speak, and understand English. If tutoring or teaching is not for you, we offer many diverse volunteer opportunities.  Learn about Volunteer Opportunities.

DOWNLOAD the PDF – Literacy Lines Summer 2012 Issue

DOWNLOAD the PDF – The Student Special

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, Va 22042
(703)237-0866 ext 112
www.LCNV.org

You’re Invited to LCNV’s Golden Reunion!

June 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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Please join the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia for our

Golden Reunion 

Celebrating 50 years of promoting literacy!

Reconnect with old friends, students, tutors, teachers, and supporters. Hear about the impact the Council has had on the lives of both instructors and learners. Learn how the Council has evolved to support the changing needs of the community. Program begins at 4 PM and will be followed by a reception.

SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2012  │ 4 PM to 7PM

Northern Virginia Community College – Ernst Community Cultural Center
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

Complimentary Program and Reception │ Dress Casual │ Free Parking

RSVP to 703-237-0866 or info@lcnv.org

Chef José Andrés Celebrates Literacy with LCNV

April 24, 2012 at 1:04 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | 1 Comment
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Chef Jose Andrés is featured in Time magazine. Photo by Peter Hapak

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is celebrating its 50th year in a really big way! We’ve planned three events: The Golden Reunion (July 1, 2012); One for the Books (October 3, 2012); and Literacy Means Business (April 2012).

Celebrity Chef José Andrés will be a special guest at our gala event, One for the Books! One for the Books will be hosted at the Masonic Temple in Alexandria. Special guests also include award-winning author David Baldacci, and prominent financier Ric Edelman. Robert Egger, President of D.C. Central Kitchen, will be serving as Master of Ceremonies, highlighting the importance of literacy in all aspects of life.

Recently, Chef Jose Andrés was featured in Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the World. In addition to being a phenomenal chef, Andrés is an advocate and fundraiser for D.C. Central Kitchen, whose Fresh Start Catering will be catering One for the Books. Take a moment to read the feature and find out why Andrés is so influential and inspiring.

Mark your Calendars. One for the Books takes place on October 3rd of this year, but LCNV will be hosting its Golden Reunion this July 1st, at the Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale. See old and new LCNV faces. Hear from LCNV volunteers and students, whose stories will inspire you. For more information: 703-237-0866 or info@lcnv.org.

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