Big changes are ahead for next year! Harrison Community Learning Center (Literacy Volunteers of Harrison County) will continue to provide Harrison County adults, teens, and children with free tutoring. Our fall schedule is listed in the events section of the website.
September brings Banned Book Week and Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (Sept. 25-30), and LVHC celebrated by giving a donation to each High School Library in Harrison County. The donation was made possible by a generous donation from Dr. and Mrs. Gerardo Lopez, and will be used by the schools to purchase new library books.
Last month, we began to welcome new students for the 2016-2017 season of both Homework Help and our Conversational English Class. We have new individual students as well. We are hoping to sign up more volunteer tutors; if you would like to help change someone's life, be a volunteer! You can sign up at our office or download the form from this website and mail or email it to us. We look forward to meeting you!
We are members of Literacy WV, and our State Board of Councils meeting was held in Charleston last week. We bid farewell to former Director Judy Azulay and welcomed new Director Erin Clemens. It was good to see our friends from the other WV county Literacy Councils, and to discuss the state of literacy in West Virginia. Lack of volunteers and lack of funding remain the two most worrisome problems within Literacy programs nationwide.
For the first time in a decade, Literacy Volunteers will not be a United Way Agency for the coming year. As we branch out on our own, we remind our supporters that your donations are more important now than ever! We are a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) non-profit organization, and your gift is tax deductable. Please consider a monthly pledge or one time donation to enable us to continue providing our tutoring services free of charge to the citizens of Harrison County.
Thank you for your support and encouragement, and for helping our students to meet their goals. You are a huge part of their success and the success of our organization.
Many thanks to all of you, and Happy Autumn!
Fall means back to school, and a new year of programs at LVHC!
For students k-12, Clarksburg Homework Help begins on September 10th. Homework Help will be held once again on Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m. on the second floor at Clarksburg Library.
ESL classes begin September 1st, and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30-1:30 at our office/Learning Center in Clarksburg. Contact the office to register.
Individual tutoring for adults, teens and kids continues year round. Contact the office to schedule.
Don't forget that LVHC also offers help with computer skills and preparing for job certification exams. Set a goal for this year and let us help you achieve it. Improve those grades, get that new job, or pass the GED/TASC and head to college or tech training. You can do it, and we can help!
Fall also ushers in the United Way campaign kick-off. LVHC. like all of the United Way agencies, depends heavily on United Way funding. Your donations will be used for our local United Way agencies and stay here in Harrison County. Please support United Way!
This year, the United Way kick off will be a cardboard boat race at Deeghan Hinkle Lake in Bridgeport. It will be a fun filled event for the whole family to enjoy! Come and cheer on the LVHC team as our boat crew attempts to make it across the lake before the boat sinks. There will be costumes, activities, and a chance to vote for your favorite boat team.
LVHC still needs volunteers! We need volunteers to tutor, and volunteers to help with events and fundraisers.
I can't believe that summer is almost over!
At LVHC, we are preparing for Homework Help, expanded ESL classes, and more individual tutoring.
As the need for our services increases, so does the need for new tutors. Please contact us to see how you can make a difference in your community by helping to increase someone's skills in reading, math, computer skill, or in speaking and reading English. We also need volunteers for our Homework Help program.
Spring is a time of renewal and change, and LVHC has made some significant changes recently.
We downsized our office space in December, and we are now located on the other side of our building in Suite 1E. Instead of being just inside the front door, our office is now just inside the handicap/loading entrance door. If you come in the front, we are down the hall next to the restrooms. If you are coming in from the bridge side of the building, we are the pink section, and you can enter through our private door or through the handicap entrance right next to us. We have a smaller office space now; just the office and a tutor room, so we no longer have our ongoing book sale fundraiser. We still provide onsite tutoring in our Learning Center/tutor room, however. In fact, in addition to our individual students, we now have a small class meeting here twice weekly.
In October, LVHC began a small, multi-level English as Second Language (ESL) class. This has turned out to be a very successful program! We currently have four ESL students being tutored individually, and six students in our ESL class. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30-1:30. ESL is the fastest growing program at LVHC right now. If you know someone who needs to learn to speak, read, and write in English, please have them contact us. We will be having an ESL tutor workshop soon; we will post the information here and on our Facebook page.
This spring, we also welcomed five new tutors: Karla Smith, Kim Smucker, Ellen Totino, Lemonia Erjavec, and Alicia Erjavec.
April is Financial Literacy Month, and to celebrate we are partnering with City National Bank to present a financial literacy workshop for our current students. We hope to offer financial literacy as part of our regular tutor program. This summer, we will sponsor a Health Literacy workshop. LVHC will be focusing more on Life skills and everyday literacy. This includes improving the reading and math skills that we use every day to keep a budget, plan healthy meals, and understand how to use a computer. Our tutors can help you understand utility bills and the confusing terminology in legal documents or medical instructions. If you have been out of school for even a few years, you may need a refresher course in math or reading comprehension. LVHC can still help you pass the GED/TASC test, but we can also help you pass a college entrance exam, the Naturalization test, or pass a certification course or exam. We are still working with children and teens as well, so that they can keep up with their peers in school. LVHC helps our students to enhance the skills they already have and learn some new ones; we promote lifelong learning, because you are never too old to learn something new!
DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Day Book Sale
Cookbooks, Mysteries, Fantasy & Sci-fi, Children's books, and more!
Dollar-a-bag table Free books table
For directions or information, call us at (304) 624-0533
Saturday, April 12
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
104 East Main Street, Clarksburg
(Colonial Village Building)
Our next Art Party is scheduled for April 15th at The Starving Artist Studio. The canvas, paint, art lesson, and snacks are all included in the ticket cost of $45. It runs from 6PM to 9PM. Please call the office at 304-624-0533 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. We hope to see you there!