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September 2012

The Open Book

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See Spot Run Results

Summer Fun for Families at the Bread of Life Shelter!

Tutors' Corner

Quotes of the Month

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Halloween SCRABBLE® Tournament

Join us in the Fireplace Lounge at the UMA Student Center for our annual Fall SCRABBLE Tournament!

Special bonus points for especially spooky words! Prizes for best dressed team! No pressure—just FUN!


When? Sunday, October 21, 2012

Where? University of Maine Augusta,Fireplace Lounge in the Student Center.

What Time? 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

More information and registration materials are here.

Some comments from our past Scrabblers:

See Spot Run for Literacy

LVA Volunteer and Spot set up for the raceOn June 30th, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta held the rain-delayed 3rd Annual 5K See Spot Run, Jog Walk for Literacy as a fundraiser. Open for all runners, joggers, and walkers the course followed the Greenway Trail along the east shore of the Kennebec River.

Many local area participants competed with first place going to David Wirth who achieved a new course record of 18:44:18*

Complete race results are posted here.

More photos of the event may be seen on John Brandt's Flickr page.

Summer Fun for Families at the Bread of Life Shelter!

LVA offered two family literacy activities this past summer at the Bread of Life
Shelter in Augusta
. Affiliate Director, Jenny Small read Rainbow Fish to a very
attentive audience in July, then moms & dads helped their kids make their own
Rainbow Fish while snacking on rainbow fish crackers, of course!

In August, Jenny read If You Give a Moose a Muffin; we snacked on muffins and
made sock puppets just like in the book! LVA tutor, Tymbre, led a great
sequencing activity based on the book too.

Many thanks to tutors Tymbre, Joyce & Jackie for helping out this summer!

The image below is a collage of our activities.


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Tutors Corner

Wilson Training

On Thursday evening, September 27, we will be offering a tutor support workshop on the Wilson Reading System. This is an especially effective approach with our students who have difficulty learning by other teaching strategies or those who need a more multi-sensory approach to learning. It involves practice on the sounds of letters (phonemic awareness) and direct instruction for decoding words.

This special opportunity will be offered at the Waterville LVA office on Kennedy Memorial Drive, with leader, Janna Townsend. Janna is the LV Waterville Board co-chair and acting affiliate director and has many years of experience in education.

For more information or to sign up, please call the LV Augusta office at 626-3440. This is a FREE workshop!

ESL Opportunity

LV Augusta has several ESL students who are currently working toward taking their US citizenship test. We would like to give those students and their tutors (as well as any new US citizens) an opportunity to get together to discuss different tactics they might find helpful. If you and/or your student are interested, please call Jenny at 626-3440 to discuss potential times that would be convenient!

This month's website to check out...

At, they give lots of great tips on building vocabulary. One idea is to give your student a "word of the week" for homework and ask them to use that word every day either in speaking, reading or writing. The next time you get together, ask about it!

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Quotes of the Month:

"You cannot help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself."

- General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

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