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Winter 2013

The Open Book

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Technology in the Classroom

Community Outreach: Literacy for ME

Meet the Board: Chris Samuel

Thank you Sponsors!

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Open Books, Open Doors

Ginny MarrinerGreetings friends, volunteers, learners and sponsors of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Virginia (Ginny) Marriner and I have been hired as the new Affiliate Director. I am very pleased to have this opportunity to be a part of LVA and hope I can, with all of your help, have a role in the growth of LVA. I look forward to working with and meeting everyone.

In August of 2012, I retired from almost 30 years of work in social welfare and was hoping to find a niche where I could continue to contribute to my community and am so pleased to find it!

The ability to read is a gift that opens doors of information, wonder and new adventures that everyone should have access to. In my past efforts, I worked with foster children who often had disrupted experiences in school due to numerous moves and who lacked a consistent adult in their lives to foster a love of learning. I understand the disadvantages there can be when someone finds that limited literacy skills are a barrier to reaching one’s potential. I want to make sure we support everyone who wants to learn.

I am a licensed social worker in the State of Maine and a Notary Public. A gardener (zucchini anyone?), a grandmother, a crafter and a lover of animals are also descriptions of who I am. I have also worked as a Grant Reviewer for the federal DHHS, Children’s Bureau and hope to put some of my grant writing expertise to use as well in this position.

I hope to be able to support the work here at Literacy Volunteers as we continue outreach in the community to build a strong and viable agency.

Please feel free to stop by at the office, give me a call or email with a hello or with any ideas you have to help us grow.

Technology in the Classroom: iPads for LVA

ipadComputers. Cellphones. Smart phones. Tablets. Technology is changing our world, and the ability to use these sorts of devices is becoming more and more important. Thanks to Frederika and Wardner Gilroy, our office has been able to purchase two new iPads for our tutors and students to use together during lessons. Students and tutors can read, write, and use specialized learning apps, all within the familiar framework of LVA. We hope that many of our students will be able to benefit from this technology. Please, explore the learning and teaching possibilities of our new iPads! (Please see the newly approved LVA policy on the use of these devices)

(photo credit: image licensed through Creative Commons by William Hook)

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Community Outreach: Literacy for ME

Literacy for ME logoLVA has been a partner with the Augusta schools Literacy For ME project for some time. Literacy For ME has very similar goals as LVA:

As a partner in this project, LVA will participate in a community open house/family fun night scheduled for Wed., Jan. 15, 2014 from 6-7pm at Gilbert School. This event is designed to spread the word about the importance of “family” literacy. LVA will have a table (along with other community organizations) to inform the community of our services and to engage families in a fun learning activity with their children. If you would like to volunteer at LVA’s table, please call Affiliate Director, Ginny Marriner at 626-3440.

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Meet the Board: Chris Samuel

Chris SamuelChris Samuel currently serves as the PMO Manager at Molina Healthcare in Augusta, Maine and is a 20 year healthcare professional. Chris was raised in Southern California, from humble circumstances. He is the second youngest child in a family of seven children and the son of parents with early grade school level education. Chris’s greatest ambition was to become the first member in his family to attend college – a dream challenged when he lost his parents to cancer and heart disease at an early age. Through hard work, persistence, and a strong circle of support as well as positive influence, he became the first member of his family to graduate from college with degrees in liberal arts, leadership and management.

Chris has been working with nonprofit organizations for over 15 years and joined LVA as a Board member in June of 2012.  Extremely devoted to youth development and family empowerment, he currently serves as a youth group leader at Grace Community Church and has worked with the United Way, Youth Motivation Task Force, Special Olympics and Share L/A.  Chris is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and an active member of the American Legion Post 132.

His favorite author is Toni Morrison and most current book read is Isaac Asimov’s Realm of Numbers.

Today he lives in Richmond, Maine with his wife Leona who are the parents of two grown children (Tori Samuel and Lisa Vandegrift) and are extremely proud to announce the birth of their 1st granddaughter, Zuzu Anne Spera. 

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Poinsettia Happy New Year to all of our student, volunteers and friends!




Quotes of the Month:

"Teaching reading IS rocket science."
- Louisa Moats

"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark."
- Victor Hugo

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