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Deputy Knowles Knows and LVWA

LVWA was given a portion of the sales of a children's' book intended to help foster good relations with our youngest neighbors. Please see the news clip here.

Letter to the Editor about us 8/16/2017

Grant Helps Literacy Volunteers Donate Copies of 'Officer Knowles Knows'

January 6, 2017 / The Winchester Star

Heartfelt Thanks - Literacy Volunteers Helps Us All, One Individual At a Time

December 21, 2016 / The Winchester Star / Edward Shuck

I wish to express my appreciation to an outstanding organization - Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area (LVWA) - as well as bring awareness to the community about its outreach.  And they are on a mission.

Challenges are great for the nonprofits providing assistance

December 16, 2016 / The Winchester Star / Cathy Kuehner

WINCHESTER - One look at the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley's list of partner agencies gives a sense of the scope of the community's population that needs assistance with education, food, healthcare and shelter, especially when the temperatures fall.  There are almost 50 local agencies dedicated to helping those in need.

SU Students Work for Nonprofits

November 22, 2016 / The Winchester Star / A. Alonzo

WINCHESTER - Shenandoah University business students are learning to think outside of the classroom, thanks to hands-on learning projects that partner them with local nonprofit organizations that can use an extra hand.

Storybook Ball rings in eighth chapter

October 25, 2016 / The Winchester Star / Jackie Puglisi

WINCHESTER - A fundraising event will help a local organization improve the reading skills of adults in the community.

Activists want homeless shelter for women in city

October 23, 2016 / The Winchester Star / Onofrio Castigilia

WINCHESTER - A coalition of local activists and social professionals wants to establish a shelter specifically for homeless women in the city.

Man conquers both math and confidence

August 20, 2016 / The Winchester Star / Jackie Puglisi

STEPHENS CITY - In 2007, at the age of 13, Douglass Boyd lost his father, Gregory, to a blood clot.  A student who never had trouble going to school soon began to lose interest in attending classes.  Though his mother, Rebecca, did what she could to keep her son in school, Boyd decided in 2009 to drop out, one year short of graduating from Sherando High School.

Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area, FISH bond for education

April 14, 2016 / The Winchester Star / Amy Alonzo

A partnership between FISH and Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area is expanding opportunities in Clarke County for English language learns.

Adult spelling competition offers words, trivia challenges

April 8, 2016 / The Winchester Star / Amy Alonzo

Auto-correct and spell check are useful tools, but neither came in handy Thursday during Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area's annual BuzzWords bee at Handley High School's Patsy Cline Theatre.  Through seven timed rounds, competitors were tasked with spelling words such as cirrhosis, jambalaya, amethyst and incorrigible.

Literacy Volunteers spelling nee adds trivia, moves to Handley High

April 6, 2016 / The Winchester Star / Sally Voth

A game show night in Handley High School's Patsy Cline Theatre has twin goals of raising money and awareness for Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area.

Belle Grove opens with two new features

March 18, 2016 / The Winchester Star / Star staff writer

On Saturday, Belle Grove Plantation will open for its 2016 season after being closed for the winter.  The site will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and resume its seven-day-a-week schedule thereafter.  Belle Grove Plantation is located off U.S. 11 at 336 Belle Grove Road in Middletown. 

Graduate school project tries to address literacy needs in community

March 30, 2016 / The Winchester Star / Amy Alonzo

A joint venture between Shenandoah University students and Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area is helping identify needs of local businesses, while developing a revenue source for the nonprofit organiation.

Library to hold 6 public health forums

January 18, 2016 / The Winchester Star / Robyn Fontes Taylor

A healthy community is a strong community.  But what health issues are most important to our area?  And how do we best use our resources?

Head Start looks to the future after 50 years

December 5, 2016 / The Winchester Star / Amy Alonzo

Cindy Draucker doesn't remember stepping into a Head Start classroom as a preschooler in 1968, but she remembers her most recent visit.  It was when she reported to work Friday.

New book club gives adult learners a sense of community

November 21  /  The Winchester Star  /  Stephen Nielsen

There was a time when the thought of reading aloud in public was nerve-wracking for Winchester resident Antoine Milord - to the point where sweat would pour off of him.  But thanks in part to a new book club organized by the Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area, Milord has not only gained confidence in his reading, but he has for the first time been able to read and enjoy longer novels.

Dress as a childhood story character for literacy ball

October 20, 2015  /  The Winchester Star  /  Stephen Nielsen

"Treasure Island," the Robert Louis Stevenson tale of buccaneers and buried gold, will be brought to life this weekend for the Literacy Volunteers of Winchester's Storybook Ball: Chapter 7.

Literacy Volunteers helps woman become a citizen

September 17, 2015  /  The Winchester Star  /  Amy Alonzo

It's been almost a year since Thipphawal "Elle" Phuengthas was granted U.S. citizenship.  Phuengthas, 48, of Thailand, took her oath Oct 24, 2014.  "I felt relieved that day," she said.  "It was such a long process . . . I was so happy.  I couldn't sleep because I was so excited."

Volunteers out in force for Day of Caring event

September 10, 2015  /  The Winchester Star  /  Val Van Meter

The offices and tutoring rooms of Winchester Area Literacy Volunteers, 301 N. Cameron St., have never lookd so good, thanks to the Day of Caring that kicked off the annual fund drive of the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Researchers take pulse of city residents regarding the importance of literacy

June 19, 2015 / The Winchester Star / Derek Gomes

Janna Jesson and Thomas Ventura were walking door to door Thursday, but they weren't peddling goods or magazine subscriptions.  The two AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members were one of three teams canvassing Winchester neighborhoods to conduct a literacy survey.  The questions seek to measure adults' perception of the importance of literacy and its effects on quality of life.

Multi-tasking moms head to Literacy Volunteers classes

May 9, 2015 / The Winchester Star / Sally Voth

As Mother's Day approaches on Sunday, it serves as a reminder that moms can take on many roles - from caregiver, to cook, driver, referee and wage earner - to name just a few.  And there are some who proudly take on another role - that of student.

Adult Spelling Bee was a S-U-C-C-E-S-S

April 28, 2015 / The Winchester Star - Letter to the Editor / John Hasselberger

The Adult Spelling Bee was a great success!  The evening was filled with wonderful food and, of course, lots of spelling.

New spot, larger crowd for Reading Literacy Day

April 20, 2015 / The Winchester Star / Raya Zimmerman

Tucked comfortably inside a stroller, 20-month-old Kaylee Anna Kham flipped through the pages of a Winnie the Pooh book, studing the pages carefully.

Elders are wiser in Adult Bee

April 17, 2015 / The Winchester Star / Amy Alonzo

The key to clinching an adult spelling bee is "being old and seeing a lot of words," said David Greene, 92.

12 adult teams to vie to 'bee' the best spellers

April 14, 2015 / The Winchester Star / Stephen Nielsen

Competition is tougher than ever at this year's Literacy Volunteers-Winchester Area Adult Spelling Bee.

February 26, 2015  /  The Winchester Star  /  Amy Alonzo

A program connecting local law enforcement with area preschools is working to remove preconceived notions some preschool-aged children may already have about law enforcement.

January 3, 2015 / The Winchester Star / Stephen Nielsen

Organization evolves to meet area's needs

July 22, 2014 / The Winchester Star / Derek Gomes

A panel of community leaders hope that Monday's turnout of about 80 residents at the North End Neighborhood Watch meeting signals momentum for the group to address issues in the neighborhood.

June 2, 2014 / The Winchester Star / Rebecca Layne

All it took was a giant chair and a good book to attract the attention of a handful of little ones on Saturday.

April 4, 2014 / The Winchester Star / Laura McFarland

Organizers of the Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area's Adult Spelling Bee are sweetening the honey pot this year.

October 22, 2013 / The Winchester Star / Laura McFarland

Life is meant to be full of living and learning, and at 91, Earl Zook isn't done with either.

October 18, 2013 / The Winchester Star / Laura McFarland

Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area is beginning a new chapter in its existence in more ways than one.

Join the Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area

July 2013 / Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative / Cammie Tutwiler

A storybook ball and an adult spelling bee may sound quite whimiscal, but proceeds from these events have positive effects in the City of Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties.  These are two of the main fundraising events held by the Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area (LVWA) organization to support the group's primary mission, which is to empower adults and families to reach their goals through literacy.

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