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  • Helping foster youth navigate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

    By Mandy Tennity Do you remember the smell of paste, crayons and construction paper — maybe using a paper doily to make a Mother’s Day card? Who did you give your masterpiece to? For foster youth, this can be a daunting situation. The child loves her birth mom and wants to give her card to […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • A-L-E-X-A Spells Learning

    By Ariana Estes When Jessica Wampler’s students at Wise Minnick School started to expand their vocabulary in her writing center activities, she saw a need for more than her classroom had to offer. “They did a great job sounding out words, using a picture dictionary and our word wall, but they were increasing in vocabulary […]

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  • In Memoriam: Jeff Cash 1957-2018

    Jeff Cash, a resident of the Bedford-area Twin Oaks group home for adults with intellectual disabilities, a friend to his housemates and the Lutheran Family Services of Virginia staff there, and a profoundly dedicated and unwavering fan of the Dallas Cowboys (and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, for that matter), died Tuesday.  He had only recently realized a […]

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