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June 4, 2018

Getting students work-ready with Job Club

By Ariana Estes   Preparing for a first job can be stressful and overwhelming. There are job applications to fill out and tough questions to answer during interviews. Once the job is landed, the new employee still needs to get through job training and learn to work with his new coworkers. While most young professionals […]

May 3, 2018

Harrisonburg Minnick School gets in the zone

By Ariana Estes Horns honking, brakes screeching and vehicles flying by at 45 mph — this scene is not what one would expect to see outside of a school. But outside of Harrisonburg Minnick School, there was no way for drivers to know to slow down and be on the lookout for students and school […]

January 8, 2018

Grant helps LFSVA transition students to their next goal

By Ariana Estes LFSVA was recently awarded a grant from the Sam and Marion Golden Helping Hand Foundation to help facilitate services to students ages 14 to 21 who need support and education as they transition from school to adulthood. Thanks to the funds from this award, LFSVA’s Supported Employment Services will begin working with eligible Roanoke […]

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 13, 2016

Year after year, participants fall for Pumpkinville

Essential Pieces, a Tidewater-based program that plans fun events for individuals with disabilities and their families, just made its annual field trip to Pumpkinville. There were 75 participants (including volunteers) who joined in the fun of hayrides, lawn games, face painting, pumpkin picking, the corn maze, the bounce house, and good food! Most of our kids enjoy the […]

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 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 […]

August 12, 2016

Art without Walls: “Through HIS Eyes”

Recently, our very own Essential Pieces participant, 12-year-old Shonn Brown, had the opportunity to showcase his artistic talents. Shonn has been drawing since before he could write. Diagnosed with autism around age 3, he was not able to express and communicate as well as other children his age, so one way he chose to express himself […]

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