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September 9, 2019

Trombone lessons bring learning opportunity to both student and teacher

By Rob Jackson At the start of summer, after my junior year of studying music education, my advanced methods professor emailed the class asking for volunteers to teach trombone lessons to two eager special-needs students at the Minnick School in Harrisonburg. I play trombone, and with my practicum at a local high school wrapping up, […]

July 30, 2019

Meet a board member: Wanda Fisher extends a career of community service

By Dan Montgomery It’s fair to say that Wanda Fisher was raised for a life of public service and community involvement. She grew with just that sort of family in Westmoreland County, on Virginia’s Northern Neck. “Life revolved around school and church,” she says. “With my family, service was always important. My father, at 92, […]

July 5, 2019

New services promote engagement and inclusion

By Ariana Estes The crisp blue sky highlights Mill Mountain in the distance as individuals from Roanoke Day Support enjoy the view of the city from the top of Center in the Square. This popular Roanoke spot offers more than just great views — there is a living coral reef aquarium, the Roanoke Pinball Museum and many […]

June 25, 2019

Great reads about foster care

Reading is wonderful year-round, but there are two really great seasons of the year to read: summer and winter! Whether by the pool or cozied up inside by the fire, reading is a great way to grow and learn. Mandy Tennity, foster parent engagement specialist at Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, shares some of her […]

June 12, 2019

From a son’s expulsions to Graduation Day triumph, with help from the Minnick School at Wise

By Dan Montgomery Every parent is proud when a child receives a high-school diploma, but let’s allow Robert McGuire a little extra pride right now. His son, Ethan, who has autism, just graduated from Central High School in Wise. The same Ethan who, because of behavioral-emotional challenges, was expelled from pre-school, from Head Start, from […]

May 28, 2019

A promise kept: Wise Minnick School’s first student is, today, a diploma-carrying high-school graduate

By Dan Montgomery Lutheran Family Services of Virginia’s Minnick School in Wise opened in 2010 with two educators and one student: Fourth-grader Ethan McGuire. Ethan had autism, but it was his behaviors that were the issue. “He was out of control, aggressive and challenging,” says Lori Long, one of Ethan’s original two Minnick educators. But […]

May 17, 2019

LFSVA spreads awareness at Foster Equality event

By Dan Montgomery Two messages were clear in Richmond last night: LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents are needed in Virginia; and LGBTQ youth in foster care need is — the same love, compassion, and patience every other foster child needs, with just a little extra awareness and sensitivity. The event was Foster Equality, hosted by […]

April 9, 2019

A creative dabbler finds a life mission teaching Minnick students with autism

My name is Kimberly Icard, and I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up! Granted, I’m 31 years old, so one could argue that I am grown up, but I’ve never been someone with a clearly defined path in life. I tend to dabble in various hobbies and community groups, […]

April 4, 2019

Minnick Volunteers Go Wall to Wall

By Dan Montgomery   The Wytheville Minnick School kitchen and five middle school classrooms are brighter, more colorful places to learn today, thanks to volunteers from the Wytheville Rotary Club and Fort Chiswell Middle School Honor Society. Rotarians Billie Taylor, Mary Thomas and David Caulder (who nearly ended the day with blue hair, if the […]

February 19, 2019

Children’s Challenging Behaviors — Free Training for Parents

A class for parents who have childrenand youth with mental health needs Minnick Schools-Wise6408 Glamorgan Chapel RoadWise, VA 24293 April 20, 20199 a.m. to 3 p.m. For More Information: Contact Laura May at lmay@namivirginia.org or 804-309-7924 ext. 204 To Register Online: Click this link. Training Information: • Provides information to help parents understand typical behaviors […]

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