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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 10, 2016

Bigger spaces provide greater opportunity for schools to serve

For two of our schools, back-to-school time marked an especially big moment: students and staff alike started their year in new buildings! The new school in Bristol serves a whole new part of the state, while the new building in Harrisonburg offers a whole lot more space. We reached out to a staff member at […]

September 27, 2016

2016 Week of Service: More Volunteers Who Rock

Lutheran Family Services continues to benefit from the caring and hard work of Lutheran congregations during the Week of Service. Members of Bedford Lutheran Church returned for a second time to hold a worship service and outdoor potluck dinner for the residents of the LFSVA Turning Point group homes in Bedford. Pastor Jon Myers brought […]

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September 16, 2016

Thank you for your back-to-school messages!

Students at all five schools received a friendly “welcome back” from our supporters, who submitted back-to-school greetings last month. Watch our students enjoy the messages in the video above. Thanks to everyone who participated!

September 14, 2016

2016 Week of Service: Our Volunteers Rock Inside and Out

Civic and church volunteers have been busy inside and out at the LFSVA Minnick School and Day Support program in Roanoke and creating art for our Minnick School in Harrisonburg. Last week Karen Bolton from Trinity Lutheran Church in Roanoke helped individuals in the Day Support program create kindness gardens with decorated rocks. The project […]

September 6, 2016

What We’re Reading on Read A Book Day

As an organization that works with children, there’s nothing we love more than talking about our favorite children’s books. We thought National Read A Book Day was a perfect opportunity to share the ones that have stayed with us from childhood (or the ones that we really like reading to the children in our lives!) […]

July 25, 2016

6 ways to make back-to-school easier

By Lori Long As we wind down from summer fun, parents and caregivers are slowly changing their thoughts from vacation, cook outs, and swimming, to new schedules, and those long school supply lists. This process can be a tough transition for parents and children. Does your child have stress and anxiety about transitioning back to […]

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July 6, 2016

Enthusiasm for science takes flight

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this video is worth a bunch more. Delight? Check! Fun? Check! Learning? Check! The Tidewater Essential Pieces program took a turn toward the scientific when it was included in the Virginia Air and Space Museum grant-funded STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) program, offering summer science […]

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