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November 9th is GIVE TO THE MAX DAY, where thousands of non-profits around the D.C. Metropolitan area will take part in a giant fundraiser event. Beginning at 12:00 am on November 9th, supporters can donate online for 24 hours to the non-profit of their choice. Awards and prizes will be given to the non-profits with the most donors and who raise the most money. This fundraiser is a great way for non-profits to raise necessary funds and also for local non-profits to connect with one another in this fundraiser.

Help Loudoun Literacy Council excel on November 9th, 2011 and give online at http://give2max.razoo.com/story/Loudoun-Literacy-Council

Give to the Max Day is a unique way to create a stronger D.C. area by financially supporting non-profits across the region. Thanks for your help and we hope you participate with us on November 9th!

This event is organized and sponsored by:

Razoo, United Way, and The Community Foundation

To learn more, visit http://www.give2max.razoo.com

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Hi, this is Janna Starr from Loudoun Literacy Council. I wanted to introduce Megan Dieter and myself as the new AmeriCorps Members working  in the Adult Literacy Program. We will miss our former AmeriCorps Members Harman Sidhu and Sabrina Berntsen as they continue on their journey to educating English Learners, and we wish them the best of luck!

Megan and I both came into this position just a month ago, so we are adjusting to the work here and are in the process of familiarizing ourselves with the organization. Between orientation, training, registrations, and classes kicking off, Megan and I have been busy bees in the office and making trips around Loudoun County to prepare. We have gotten to know the fabulous staff here at LLC and also at LCNV and we’ve been fortunate to connect with a majority of our students and volunteers in the county. We have a wide variety of volunteers coming from different backgrounds and experience and it has been a delight to connect with them. For the year, Megan will be coordinating the Tutoring program and I will be handling the ELL Classes.

Megan and I have already been pushed beyond our limits; running registrations and teaching ELL classes for the first time isn’t easy. Another struggle is our attempts to use our Spanish with our Spanish-speaking callers. The experience has been challenging yet entertaining. Strenuous and also exhilarating, using our Spanish to communicate class information has pushed us both outside of our comfort zone and has taught us both that much can be communicated if you just try.

Classes began this week, I am teaching at Douglass Community Center while Megan is teaching at Cascades Library. Content in the classes this week was focused primarily on introductions and getting to know one another, and we learned what a great group of students we both have. These students come to class eager to learn  and to use their English. Although many of our students have large families and full time jobs (sometimes several jobs), they are willing to do whatever it takes to learn.  Some want to get a job, others want to find a better job, some want to speak with their children at home in English. Whatever the motivation, these students have already amazed me with their bold determination to learn. Our classes are held throughout the county with a majority in Leesburg and Sterling and a few classes further out west.

We are excited for what is next to come and look forward to teaching and empowering our students this Fall. Thanks to all our volunteers who make it happen!

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