Share Out Loud blog

March 20, 2017

Help Minnick students glory in stories!

What do Alexander Bopp, Frankie Pickle and the crew of the spaceship Tunafish have in common? All are storybook characters in book series that kids simply love. And how could they not love books with titles like “Chomp of the Meat-Eating Vegetables,” or “Space Penguins-Meteor Madness,” or “Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom”? Students […]

January 5, 2017

Six things you helped us do in 2016

2016 was a great year for us at LFSVA, but the support of our donors and volunteers helped make it even better. Your contributions made an impact across all of our services. Here are some highlights of what you helped us achieve. Donors jump-started our Supported Employment Services program. Thanks to you, we were able to get […]

December 16, 2016

Charlottesville Day Support stars show off their talents

Elvis, poetry, Phantom of the Opera, and more! On Dec. 14 the talented individuals at our Charlottesville Day Support Program showed off their skills in the annual talent show. The event was open to the public and included a reception following the performances. Enjoy more pictures below!

November 30, 2016

Smile! Our favorite photos from 2016

Seeing is believing! The look of joy and delight on a child’s face, the break-through smile from a young man, a 1000-watt smile from an individual with disabilities, a shy expression of pride – these are the things that are hard to describe in words. So we won’t try! Here are just a few pictures […]

November 22, 2016

Help your children grow in gratitude this holiday season

By Lori Long, Coordinator of southwest Virginia schools “Tis the season to get a lot of stuff” …This is not exactly the message we want to send to our children this holiday season. It is easy to get caught up in all the hubbub of the latest and greatest hot ticket items. But what message […]

November 14, 2016

Getting called back to the work

By Monica Cannon, Foster Parent Engagement Specialist I had often thought of the many children I had served at the group home and missed them. I knew there were so many children out there who still needed homes and my heart was tugging for me to get involved again in some way. So three years […]

November 3, 2016

Hungry for knowledge, but also just hungry

By Carole Todd We know that when kids are hungry, they struggle to learn. And when kids don’t learn, they can struggle in life. In Virginia, 1 out of 8 children are hungry. That means that 1 out of 8 children may not have the opportunity to live the best, most productive life possible. Thanks […]

November 2, 2016

Every shoe tells a story and we want yours!

Shoes, we all need them, and we all use them to walk through important parts of our lives. Baby shoes, dress shoes, soccer shoes, ballet shoes, sneakers, flip flops, sandals, hiking shoes, combat boots – all of them have a story that illustrates a part of our lives. Lori Long, coordinator of Southwest Virginia Schools, has […]

November 1, 2016

Data diva dives into the numbers

And kids and teachers benefit By Carole Todd “Without data you’re just a person with an opinion” could be Ferri Lockhart’s slogan. Lockhart is testing coordinator for all five Minnick Schools, and her data collecting fervor is making a difference in the way teachers teach and students learn. Lockhart is passionate about how data can […]

October 24, 2016

Breaking down “job”stacles

By Ashley Thompson, Employment Specialist Every time I have a job development meeting with the young man who began participating in Supported Employment Services this month, I have a hard time understanding why he isn’t already employed. Sitting in front of me is a bright young man with determination, a strong work ethic, a desire […]

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