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The end of the year is a time of celebrating achievements, reflecting on things we learned, as well as making plans for next year. To commemorate the holiday season, LCNV staff members spent time last week volunteering together by packing bags of food for Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center's Food Bank that distributes them each week to those in need in the community. It was an honor to work side by side with our friends at Dar Al-Hijrah, where we teach our Intensive English class four days a week, and to contemplate and be thankful for all that can happen when organizations work together to build strong programs in this community (see pictures here!). At this special time of the year, we especially want to give a huge thanks to all that made a commitment throughout this year that made our programs possible and our community stronger.  This year, our efforts are rewarded by wonderful memories and stories with our students. As we look into the coming year, we would like to focus on what we want to change, and what we can do to make those changes happen. 


Roopal Mehta Saran, Executive Director
LCNV on Air in Fairfax! 
Late November, LCNV was interviewed by On the Go with AAUW (American Association of University Women). Ruba Afzal, Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement, and Dr. Carole Bausell, Director of Academic and Student Affairs, were interviewed by Jennifer Disano about LCNV's effort in supporting adult literacy. The conversation is aired on  Fairfax Public Access , as well as on On the Go with AAUW's YouTube channel. 
LCNV's Spring Class Schedule
LCNV's spring class registrations begin in January! Click the link below to find a time and location convenient to you, and share this information with anyone who wants to learn English. You can sign up for most classes at any location! Students must sign up in person and be tested in order to determine correct placement in classes.

LCNV's Teacher Vaishali Deshpande Awarded VAACE Volunteer of the Year 
Congratulations to LCNV's outstanding teacher Vaishali Deshpande for being awarded  VAACE  Volunteer of the Year!  With her 468 hours of  volunteer  service, she always delivers effective, learner-centered language  education ; and approaches every interaction with sensitivity, respect, and endearment. Her skill in integrating technology into teaching and learning and her business background have considerably advanced LCNV's  DestinationWorkforce ® program. 

Shout-outs for LCNV at National Summit
On November 13th, LCNV attended  National Summit on Adult Literacy at The Reach located at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. organized by the Barbara Bush Foundation. With featured expert panels and leaders in this industry, we had such inspirational talks on the topic of improving adult literacy for individuals, our community, and for the country. 

Read the article about this summit, contributed by our Director of Academic  and Student Affairs, Dr. Carole Bausell. 
November 13 USCIS Citizenship Ceremony
As part of our US Civics-based curriculum, LCNV hosted a US Citizenship and Immigration Services Citizenship Ceremony on November 13.  59 candidates from 36 countries became citizens of the United States during the ceremony. Congratulations to all the new citizens! View photos of the ceremony here, and like our page for future updates! 

­­­­­­­Remind: How LCNV Teachers and Students are Connected Beyond the Classroom Walls
At LCNV, many teachers use Remind as a messaging platform to extend learning and as a channel to communicate with their students outside of class. While providing the same convenience as other messaging platforms, Remind does not require the teacher or students to share their personal information with each other. We interviewed 5 teachers to see how they like communicating with students via this channel. 

  • Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, all increases from your last gift and first-time donations will be matched up to $2,000. Donate and double your impact!
  • Save the date and get involved! Do you want to assess our learners' English levels or support them in class as an instructor? Best Plus 2.0 and our Instructor Training are coming up in January.  Visit our events page  for information about the training opportunities.
  • LCNV welcomes Jeff DiMeglio as our Finance and Operations Manager! See his bio
  • LCNV is an approved organization under the Virginia Department of Education's Neighborhood Assistance Program, meaning that businesses and individuals who donate cash or marketable securities to LCNV may receive tax credits in Virginia equal to 65% of the donation. Visit for more information and to download the Tax Credit Request Form.
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