Sound Byte Newsletter

2017 Flying Pig Marathon a SUCCESS!
Thank you to our Runners!

Ohio Valley Voices had more than 20 runners participate in the Flying Pig races this year.  Because of their efforts, all monies raised will help Ohio Valley Voices continue to teach children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and talk!

Ohio Valley Voices selected for The 10th Annual Pick your Charity Golf Outing!

This year Ohio Valley Voices has been selected to be the benefiting organization for the 10th Annual Pick Your Charity Golf Outing. 

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Where : Neumann Golf Course
Time : Shotgun Start 1:30pm
Cost : $80 per golfer/$320 per foursome
Contests, Split-the-Pot, Raffle

For more information and to register please contact Development.
Alumni Spotlight

Featuring Natalie!
by: Melissa Larson, Natalie's Mother

Natalie was born in Charlotte, NC and did not pass her newborn hearing test. She was diagnosed with severe-profound hearing loss at her 1 month follow-up evaluation. Her hearing loss is due to the Connexin 26 mutation. She received bilateral simultaneous cochlear implants at 9 months of age at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. 
Our family then moved to Blue Ash, OH when Natalie was 2 1/2 years old and she was able to enroll at OVV. "What a blessing!", declared her family. She did very well during our brief 1 year stay at OVV, before our family moved to the Dallas, TX area. From there, Natalie went to the Hearing School of the Southwest in Coppell, TX (which sadly lost its funding and will no longer be a school) for one year before moving on to a private preschool and then to a private Kindergarten (yay for small class sizes!)
She is now 7 years old, in 1st grade in a mainstream classroom at a public school and is doing fantastic. Her hearing is phenomenal! 
Natalie grew and progressed so much while at OVV, and was so blessed to be ahead of the hearing curve. Her speech and vocabulary are right where she should be, and she truly enjoys school and learning. We have full confidence in her abilities, and are always amazed with how well she adapted to her hearing loss.
Outside of school, Natalie enjoys playing soccer, gymnastics, reading the Magic Treehouse book series, and swimming. With a pool in the backyard (a must in Texas!), she loves her "water ears!" She is always on the go, and more than keeps up with her older brother and sister. Like most kids, she enjoys Disney movies and iPad games, especially with her Mini Microphone 2+! Most of the time, people don't realize she is deaf. 
We are so very thankful for our year at OVV. It was the absolute pivotal year for her to learn and grow. Thank you to all the staff that makes OVV so special. We hope one day to return to Cincinnati for the Flying Pig Marathon to help raise funds for OVV.

Important Dates
  • Field Day - May 25
  • Last Day of School - May 25
  • Recognition Ceremony - May 25 at 6:30pm
  • Summer School - May 31 through June 30
  • Toddler Camp - July 3 through July 28
  • Alumni Summer Camp - July 10 through July 14
  • First Day of School/Learning Center - August 23
  • First Day of School/Preschool - August 23 and 24
  • 10th Annual Pick Your Charity Golf Outing - September 30
  • Save the Date: Fashion Show - November 2
Serve With Liberty Volunteers Help Move OVV's Garden Beds!

On Thursday, May 11, 2017,under the direction of OVV's loyal garden volunteer, Marion Cottrell, eight volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance came to Ohio Valley Voices to move the garden beds from their current location in the playground and courtyard.  With a lot of effort and hard work, all eight beds were moved to an open field for more sunlight and now our kids have more room to play. 

The teachers of Ohio Valley Voices use these garden beds for language experience activities. This year Marion is growing tomatoes, sweet potatoes, peppers, watermelon, and zucchini, along with the many beautiful flowers that are grown on the grounds.  

Ohio Valley Voices is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to keep our garden watered. If you love to water plants and veggies, we need you! Please contact Development if you are interested. 
Ohio Valley Voices Alumni Summer Camp
Last Day to Register - May 31st

Ohio Valley Voices Alumni Summer Camp registration is now open! All happy campers between the ages of six and twelve years are invited to register for a great week of traditional summer camp activities. 

This year's camp will run from July 10-14, 2017, 8:30-4:00 pm. The cost is $245. There are vouchers available to cover the expenses, for those who qualify.  Interested campers can register online using this link
Interested alumni, who are teenagers, are encouraged to participate in camp this summer as Junior Counselors. If your OVV alumni is entering high school or older and is looking for fun volunteer opportunities, please have them apply! Applications for Junior Counselors can be found online using this link
If you have any questions about OVV's Summer Camp, please contact Robyn Boehm.
Grants Received

$10,000 Family Center Tuition Assistance

$1,000 Supports Annual OptionSchool Meeting
LeBlond Foundation of Makino 
$1,000 General Operations
Register Your Kroger Plus Card To Support Ohio Valley Voices!

If you already participate - Thank YOU! Click Here for instructions to register and/or re-register your Kroger Plus Card and start raising money for Ohio Valley Voices! If you did not renew your registration during April, OVV is not directly benefiting from your shopping. 
OVV is possible because of YOU!
Get Involved
Volunteer Opportunities 

OVV is always seeking volunteer help. We will happily match your skill set with OVV needs. If you are interested and want to become more involved, please send us an email at development@ohiovalleyvoices.org  and we will send you a volunteer application. 

Some Areas of Assistance:
Office Work
Recess and Nap-time Assistance
Cleaning Toys/Equipment
Classroom D├ęcor
Independent Tasks
Special Skills: Electrical, Plumbing, Carpentry
Event Committee Volunteers

The plans are already starting for the 2018 Superhero Gala, but there is still time for you to get involved. Ohio Valley Voices relies heavily on events to help financially support the programs that teach children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and talk. To pull off these events, numerous volunteers are needed. Please contact Jackie Estes, Development Manager, if you are interested in participating in this year's gala. 
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Our Contact Information
Ohio Valley Voices
6642 Branch Hill-Guinea Pike
Loveland, OH 45140

Questions? Comments? Email Development: development@ohiovalleyvoices.org