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LCNV Hosts its 2017 Annual Recognition Event

On June 22, 2017 the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia held its Annual Recognition Event. The evening began with recognitions of LCNV's Community Partners of the Year: Accenture, Crestwood Elementary School, and the Paul M. Angell Foundation. Following that presentation, select students read their essays based on the theme of "Learning Gives Me Power". The three essay readers were Isaias Cocsian, Jamila Mohamed, and Jose Reyes. Video of Jose Reyes reading his essay can be viewed here. Jamila Mohamed's essay can be viewed here.

Then, Dr. Jorge Ribas presented his keynote remarks for the audience. His words touched on the importance of literacy, his own triumphs as a United States immigrant and English language learner, and the power of using English to become more civically engaged. Dr. Ribas's speech reinforced the importance of every learner's hard work to become empowered through literacy.

Outstanding Student Recognitions and Outstanding Instructor Recognitions were presented to several students and instructors, and LCNV's Volunteer Service Anniversaries followed. It was truly remarkable to see the number of volunteers celebrating anniversaries with LCNV, ranging from 5 to 25 years. LCNV's Volunteers of the Year awards were then presented to Liz Castillo, Alexandra Roncal, and Valerie Sutter. 

Finally, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia Board of Directors presented a special surprise. To mark Executive Director Patricia Donnelly's retirement after 15 years of dedicated service, the Board announced the Patricia M. Donnelly Merit Scholarship. This yearly scholarship will be awarded to a deserving beginning-level student to support and promote their continued education with LCNV. This surprise presentation capped off a truly memorable Annual Recognition Event. 

Notable elected officials and community leaders Kris Martini, John Taylor Chapman, and Kaye Kory attended the event. Fairfax Outreach Coordinator Alex Robbins from Congressman Gerry Connolly's office presented the Literacy Council with a Congressional Record recognizing the work of LCNV and the dedication of Executive Director Patricia Donnelly.

Want to read more about LCNV's students, community partners, teachers, and volunteers? View the 2017 Annual Recognition Essay book here.

View photos from the 2017 ARE here.

Photos courtesy of Mark Charette.

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