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Keeping Learning Alive

Saying Goodbye: Jen Smith and Allison Bowler

Meet Our Board Members: Rita Fullerton

Understanding Family Literacy


Thank you Sponsors!

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We are pleased to announce our

8th Annual Spring Team Scrabble Tournament!

Join us Sunday, March 29th, from 1-4pm at the Senator Inn and Spa, for an afternoon of fun and games—all for a great cause: LVA.

How can you participate? Play or Volunteer!

Register yourself—or your team of up to four players—by March 24th. The team registration fee is $50; the individual registration fee is $15. You can find the registration form here on our website or at lots of local businesses and libraries

Collect Pledges just like you would for a walk-a-thon. The money raised goes directly into our adult and family literacy programs, which help members of our local communities. Those who collect the most will win mystery prizes.

Play! Come to the Senator Inn and Spa on the 29th and play for the afternoon. Whether you're at the social or competitive level, you're going to have fun!

Don't play Scrabble but still want to help? Contact the LVA office and sign up as a volunteer!

Keeping Learning Alive for Both Students and Tutors: The ProLiteracy Education Network

ProLiteracy logoLVA is an affiliate and member organization, which allows you to browse the ProLiteracy Education Network.

To succeed with adult learners, tutors need regular opportunities to re-energize their own professional practices. ProLiteracy offers a wide variety of tools and resources to help tutors hone skills, inspire students, and boost results.

ProLiteracy offers a vast network of online courses, instructional resources, and adult literacy inspiration, through a portal for continuing education.

Check out opportunities at Strengthening Programs or go directly to the Education Network at

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Saying Goodbye: Jen Smith and Allison Bowler

Jen SmithLVA is paying a special tribute to Jeanette Smith who has been a LVA Board of Directors member for 13 years. Jen has given her exceptional talents to students, volunteers and the agency, most recently through her role as the Board Treasurer.

Jen has been a tutor, completed student assessments and been a mentor to many in the organization. We give our thanks to this very special person as she leaves LVA - we will miss her.

We are also saying goodbye to board member Allison Bowler. We thank her for her three years of service as an at-large member, and we wish her all the best. We hope that she may continue with the Franklin-Somerset affiliate and can share her experience and strength as a board member.

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Meet Our Board Members: Rita Fullerton

Rita Fullerton was born and raised in Gardiner, Maine. After graduating from Gardiner Area High School she attended the University of Maine, Orono earning a degree in business.

She lived and worked in Florida and Toronto, Canada before moving back to Maine with her husband. Upon her return, she taught in public schools, was a childbirth educator at Maine General Hospital, worked as a preschool teacher at a private nursery school and was the owner/director of a school age child care program. Since 2000 she has been the director of the child care resource development center at Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation (SKCDC).

Rita and her husband live in Manchester. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. In her spare time she hikes, reads, enjoys the ocean, is an avid Red Sox and Patriot's fan and frequently visits her son who resides in Boston.

She looks forward to working with LVA.

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Understanding Family Literacy

Family funThe roots of family literacy as a valuable, important approach comes from the belief that "the parent is the child's first teacher." Research clearly shows that adults who have a higher level of education not only become productive citizens with better skills overall, but this benefit is repeated in their children who are more likely to be successful in school. Literate parents who value education are better able to support the learning of their children.

Adults participating in family literacy programs not only gain personally from their reading achievement, but they become better parents. Parents gain motivation to succeed from their children and vice versa. When families learn and read together, the sum is greater than the parts.

The following statistics were kindly provided by the Barbara Bush Foundation.

For resources and more information on family literacy, go to The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy - or visit the National Center for Family Literacy -

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Got E-Waste?

Bring your electronics for safe disposal to the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta on May 2, 2015. You will be supporting the United Way of Kennebec Valley's Warming Center Program. Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta supports this great cause!


Toolkit for Tutors

LV Bangor's 3rd annual Toolkit for Tutors Adult Literacy Conference will be Saturday, March 21, 2015 at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. Join in for a stimulating day filled with information and educational tools! FMI: visit


Red Barn Cares

Red Barn Cares FoundationOn March 10 from 4-6pm, join LVA and the Friends of the Lithgow Public Library for a wonderful evening of great food and company at The Red Barn Restaurant (455 Riverside Drive, Augusta.)

For a small suggested donation of $6.00 you will be served a wonderful dinner—your choice of the Red Barn's chicken or haddock "snack" meal—and the Red Barn will donate 90% of the fare to our two organizations. (Other menu items and beverages may be purchased but are not included in the donation.)


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Quotes of the Month:

"Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life."
- Joseph Addison

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