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Fall 2013

The Open Book

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SCRABBLE for Literacy

Dine at Margaritas - Donate to LVA

A Letter from Jenny

Family Literacy Days at Bread of Life

Quotes of the Month

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Scrabble For L-I-T-E-R-A-C-Y

Join us in the Fireplace Lounge at the UMA Student Center for our

4th Annual Fall Team SCRABBLE Tournament!

When: Sunday, October 27

Where: UMA Fireplace Lounge Time: 1-4pm

Play Scrabble

Special bonus points for especially spooky words!

Prizes for best dressed team!

No pressure—just FUN!

Use this link to download the registration form!

You'll have a howling good time, so register today!

Special Halloween Theme - Fun, Prizes, Free Stuff


Dine at Margaritas - Donate to LVA

Noche Mexicana at Margarita'sCome to Margaritas in Augusta on Wednesday October 9th for a tasty fundraiser! Noche Mexicana, from 4pm-10pm, is a great way to fundraise for LVA. Bring your coupon (here is bunch of coupons for YOU!) with you to dinner, and Margaritas will donate the value of 15% of your bill, before meal tax is applied, to LVA. (This offer includes food and drinks but is exclusive of the tip you leave your server.)

Margaritas offers call-ahead seating, so take advantage of it and reserve your table. Call Margarita's at (207) 622-7874 and make your plans for October 9th today!

Bring your friends and family for a wonderful dinner out, and enjoy tasty Mexican cuisine for a great cause. Let Margaritas know you support LVA: tell your host, tell your server—and don't forget your coupon! This fundraiser also counts for takeout orders! Visit Margaritas online for their menu.

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A Letter from Jenny...

Dear LVA friends,

Jenny SmallI am so very pleased with how far LVA has come since I became your Affiliate Director 3 ½ years ago. I am especially proud of the relationships we have gained with other agencies through our Community Literacy Lab program and our Family Literacy activities at the Bread of Life Shelter. I am inspired every day by our learners and our tutors in their accomplishments, and I am grateful for all of our wonderful volunteers and sponsors who continue to support LVA in many different ways. Every one of you has been part of the reason for our growth and success.

Over the past few months, it has become apparent to me that LVA needs someone with more time than I have to offer in order to continue to grow. This was not a quick or easy decision, as I have greatly enjoyed working with you all. However, the time has come for me to move on. Last month, I offered my resignation to our board chair, Mark Flight, effective September 20. Of course, I plan to stay in touch and will continue to offer my assistance during the transition. I thank you all for your support and hope that you will continue to contribute to this very special organization.

Sincerely, Jenny Small

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 Family Literacy Days at the Bread of Life Shelter

Collage of photos from last year's event

This summer, LVA and the Bread of Life Shelter held two Stay & Play family literacy days. Parents and caregivers played and learned along with children of all ages. In July, we read the book “Caps for Sale” (by Esphyr Slobodkina) and in August we went wild with “Where The Wild Things Are” (by Maurice Sendak.)

Thank you, volunteers, for lending a hand! Like all our programs, family literacy days could not work without you!

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LVA Dedicates Gilroy Family Learning Space

As part of an Open House on September 10th, one of the LVA classrooms was dedicated in honor of the Gilroy Family, celebrating their generosity and commitment to improving literacy. Many friends, volunteers and supporters of LVA gathered to join in the celebration including Elizabeth MacTaggart who represented Senator Angus King. On behalf of the Senator, Ms. MacTaggart thanked LVA for the important work and service provided to the citizens of the greater Augusta area.

LVA recently accepted a generous gift bequeathed by the family of Wardner and Frederika Gilroy of Bridgton/Fryeburg, Maine. The gift is being used to improve instructional services to students in LVA’s adult literacy program. Wardner Gilroy, who passed away in December 2012 and his wife of 65 years, Frederika, who passed away earlier in 2012, were active members of their western Maine community and historically supported organizations and programs that help needy neighbors.

LVA President Mark Flight acknowledged the generous gift to the assembly and officiated in the dedication of the “learning space” in honor of the Gilroy family.

LVA has used some of the gift to purchase needed instructional technology for the students enrolled in their adult literacy programs. Several Apple iPads and assorted “apps” were purchased and will be used with LVA students to improve their literacy skills and to assist students with disabilities.

Quotes of the Month:

"Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms."
- Angela Carter

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