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 24th Annual Literacy Challenge a Grand Success

Challenge 2016

 Thanks to all who helped to make our 24th Annual Literacy Challenge on March 5th a grand success, with a net of $8,089 to support our programs!

To our event sponsors – the Press-Republican and Sunrise Rotary, and the Champlain Centre Mall…

 To team sponsors – Coca-Cola, Jerry McGovern, Peru Lions, Swarovski, Sunrise Rotary, Champlain Smiles, Church Oil, CVCR NYSUT, Mooers K of C and Monaghan Medical —they made it possible for teams to participate…

To the 53 local businesses who donated $1,960 in gift certificates for our Silent Auction… to our friends who bid for those certificates—receiving in exchange a night of dining, a day of bowling, etc…To Pepsi, Starbucks and Sullivan Orchards, for their in-kind donations…To all our raffle donors and supporters, including Lan Wu, who won the beautiful quilt…

To our numerous volunteers…especially to Tim Hartnett, our “sound man,” and to Phil Kie, our “buzzer wizard.”…

And most especially, to the 18 teams who competed in the live quiz show— AuSable Valley Teachers, AuSable Valley High School, Chazy Lions, Chazy School District/Alice T. Miner Museum, Clinton Community College Faculty, Eclectics, Four Friends, Lutherans for Literacy, Malone Federation of Teachers, NYS Retired Teachers-NE Zone, Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis, Plattsburgh Teachers Association, Plattsburgh Rotary Club, Sunrise Rotary, SUNY Teacher Education, SUNY KDP: Kadelpians, SUNY UUP, and WoodmenLife. 

Thank you everyone.  Save the date for the 25th Annual Literacy Challenge – March 4, 2017!




 Ready for Work Project Off to a Great Start

Ready for Work CollageSeptember 24 – A great Kick-off Day for our Ready for Work Project ! Eighteen people representing 12 countries shared experiences in the field of computer science, The World Bank, marketing, raising family, teaching, accounting, restaurants, nursing, tourism, etc…a wealth of experiences from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Thanks to Marita and Jocelyne for coordinating the workshop and for the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for funding the project.


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Registers 2,883rd Child

Elijah (age 10months), Phelps (age 2) and and Ethan (age 4)

 Elijah, Ethan, and Phelps register for their monthly FREE books     updated Feb 2016

 Our Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program is going strong. Each month, a new, carefully selected book is mailed directly to the registered child’s home. This is a  FREE gift to our children — an investment toward their success in school and for their future.

Since LVCC became an Imagination Library affiliate, 2,883 children from Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton Counties have enrolled., There are  2,141 served this current year, 2016.

As children graduate from the program at age 5, there is room to serve more.  Call 564-5332 today or download a registration form and mail/fax to our office. 

Books are paid 100%  by the  Charles R. Wood Foundation. To date, it has invested for our children a total of $187,500!


LVCC to Launch Ready for Work Project

Melanie and Liz Audrey look forward to improving employment skills

Melanie and Liz Audrey look forward to improving their employment skills

Thanks to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation (DGLF) for the grant of $4,200 to support our R4W project starting in September.

Through the DGLF generosity, we will train one-to-one tutors and conduct workshops that will increase learners’ workplace literacy and preparation including computer skills, resume writing and interviewing.

“It is exciting to see the impact grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make throughout the country, especially as we cross the $100 million threshold in overall donations and the difference it has made to nearly six million people,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO.”

To refer someone or to enroll in our Ready for Work project, call Marita at 564-5332.



Aloha from LVCC!

Aloha from our mini-United Nations!

Picnic and Perennials, July 18, 2015, Mooers, NY

Yes, it was a FUN-raiser! In spite of a storm threat, people came in festive Hawaiian colors to complement the gardens. And what a variety of international appetizers, salads, specialty dishes, fresh fruit and fancy desserts! Folks bid on leftovers, and garden lovers ordered perennials for their own backyards. The young and the brave tried hula hoops!

What a welcome cultural experience for learners and an opportunity to raise some funds for literacy. Thanks to all who came, to all who worked, and to all who gave. 

For more pics, please see our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/literacy.volunteer.3


Many, many thanks to all of you who made our International Thanksgiving Potluck such a great event on Wednesday, November 19th.  If you missed it this year, mark your calendar for next year because it’s always a fabulous feast with great company!

See anyone you know?

See anyone you know?

For more pics, please see our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/literacy.volunteer.3



On July 12th we began a new tradition!  Our first annual Picnic and Perennials by the Riverin Norma and Art’s beautiful yard and garden along the Great Chazy River in Mooers, NY.

A few of us 'casually' grouped along the riverbank.

A few of us ‘casually’ grouped along the riverbank.

We wanted to have a lot of fun and raise a little money, and we did both!  Thank you everyone!  We had fun in a lot of different ways. But how did we “raise a little money?”  We offered our guests—volunteers, learners and friends of all ages—a chance to “adopt” a perennial(s) from Norma’s extensive (and gorgeous!) perennial gardens. We said, “If you dig into your pocket, Norma will dig into her garden and send you home with a perennial for your own garden!”  And in keeping with our friendly “take it or leave it” policy, guests could opt to leave their adopted plant in place, for continued nurturing by Norma!


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And back in May—lots and lots of tutors, learners and other friends and family joined us in Krinovitz Hall for our Annual Learner Recognition Event on Thursday, May 1st—-followed by a reception in the adjacent Hawkins Patio.  We enjoyed the evening immensely, and we’ve heard from others that they did too!  Success!!

Susan Mikkelson

Susan Mikkelson

One of the evening’s speakers, tutor Susan Mikkelson, told a brief but very interesting tale about how she became involved with Literacy.


And tutor Tonya Wygand, who’s also been an intern with us this semester, spoke with great feeling about the wonderful experience she’s had at LVCC–offering special love and thanks to Norma!

Interns Tonya and Mel

Interns Tonya and Mel





Art Menard was surprised to be the recipient of the Polly Parsons Award, and he received a well-deserved standing ovation for his years of gentle service to LVCC, our learners and the entire community!  Congratulations, Art!

Before we left the Hall, Art and Norma led everyone in a rousing sing-along of “This Land is Your Land.”

"This Land is Your Land!"

“This Land is Your Land!”

The reception that followed included pizza(s), fruit salad, and of course, cake.  (The cake was scrumptious and FLEW off the table, so here’s a picture in case you missed it!)cake 5-1-14

But the people were the best—see anyone you know in this “smattering” of pics?

Art, norma, Junita, etc

cafeDustin ansd ChristineDon, ML




mel, surinder

Jinmei and husbLan and Hilarie





marita, jocelyne, etc




AuSable Valley Teachers!!  (thunderous applause)  back for their 22nd year and enjoying their third championship!

Renee Rhino, Lindsey Bombard, Scott Taylor and Matt Fay

Renee Rhino, Lindsey Bombard, Scott Taylor and Matt Fay

And let’s not forget the runners-up on Saturday—a  great team we hope will return in 2015….

Plattsburgh Teachers’ Association!

Neil Bowlen, Amy Sholtis, Michael Nichols and Glenn Hurlock

Neil Bowlen, Amy Sholtis, Michael Nichols and Glenn Hurlock

clip-art-snoopyOH  HAPPY,  HAPPY  DAY!!!!

We’re still  excited because  OUR 22ND ANNUAL LITERACY CHALLENGE on March 1st  WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!!  Thank you all! 

Especially Sunrise Rotary, the Press-Republican, and WIRY Hometown Radio, all members of the competing 23 local teams,  and the generous sponsors of those teams (Bombardier, Church Oil, Coca-Cola, Dodge West Chazy Library,  K of C 4th Degree, K of C Council #255, Sunrise Rotary, Champlain Smiles, Ground Force 1 Limo, and Monaghan Medical)! Special thanks also to Sullivan Orchards, Pepsi and Starbucks for keeping everyone fed and hydrated throughout the day.

And many, many thanks to the following 50 generous businesses who donated $1,600 in gift certificates for our Silent Auction–a new addition to the Literacy Challenge:

AAA Northway, Adirondack Golf & Country Club, Aleka’s Greek Italian Cuisine, Anthony’s Restaurant & Bistro, Archer Bodyworks, Arnie’s Restaurant, Bangkok Grill, Butcher Block, China Buffet, Clinton County Historical Association, Conroys Organics, Corner-Stone Bookshop, Cornerstone Drug & Gift, Cumberland 12, Dana’s Downtown Grill, Fashion Exchange, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Geoffrey’s Pub & Restaurant, Gus’ Red Hots, Himalaya Restaurant, Hong Kong Jade Buffet, Hungry Bear Restaurant, Irises Cafe & Wine Bar, Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant, Karma Indian Cuisine, Koffee Kat, Koto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, L & M Convenience Store, Lakeside Coffee, Lashway Meat Market, Latitude 44° Bistro, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Mooers Lawn and Garden, North Bowl Lanes, North Country Food Co-op, North Country Golf Club, Pasquale’s Pizzeria, Peaceful Dove Books & Gifts, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery,Pizza Hut, Price Chopper, Punki’s Shear Perfection, Quiche et Crêpes, Rulfs Orchard, Sawatdee Thai Restaurant, Shear Attitude, Smooth Moves, Stephen Bailey Salon Spa, Texas Roadhouse, and The Pepper!!

63" X 63" Nine-Patch Sampler Quilt

63″ X 63″ Nine-Patch Sampler Quilt made by Lori Barshow

Missy Smith of Lewis, New York, held the winning raffle ticket for this beautiful Sampler Quilt  donated by Loose Threads Fine Fabrics and Quilting Supplies for our drawing on March 1st.  Lucky her!





 Dolly Parton library logoLiteracy Volunteers of Clinton County presents . . .Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library-the gift that speaks volumes for our community’s future!  Funded through the Charles R. Wood Foundation.  If you’re the parent, grandparent or friend of a preschool child, visit our For Kids page to learn more.






Our International Thanksgiving Potluck on Wednesday, November 20th, was as great as usual, and, as usual, we enjoyed both. . .

Traditional flavors— Turkey, dressing, potatoes, carrots, turnips, collard greens and ham, corn casserole, broccoli, watergate salad, cranberry dishes, banana bread, corn bread, apple pies, pumpkin cookies, cream puffs, cake, eclairs, (plus more!) and. . .

International flavors–Sausage rolls, Guacamole, Sarma both with and without meat (Bosnia), Rendang beef stew with potatoes, chili and coconut milk (Indonesia), Dessert rice with carrots and dried fruit (India), plus more!

After the "serious eating"...

Then after the “serious eating”…

Behind the scenes...

Behind the scenes…




good friends all...

Good friends all…

working on the trivia questions...

working on the trivia questions…




catching up with what's new...

catching up with what’s new…








and making NEW friends!

and making NEW friends!









It was a long time in coming, but the extraordinarily beautiful queen-size quilt made by members of the Champlain Valley Quilters’ Guild of New York and donated to us, has found its new home across the border in Quebec.

Janet McCrory Tremblay was the lucky winner of the donated quilt—which was raffled off on the last day of the biennial CVQGNY quilt show in October.   Janet and her husband traveled to our offices in Plattsburgh on November 12th for a special handing-over ceremony and for the chance to meet with the quilt’s creators and share quilting stories and tips.

Janet is a quilter herself, and a member of O-HO Quilters’ Guild in Western Quebec. Maybe “karma” played a role in her win since her own quilting group has in the past donated a quilt to SABEC, a group who helps breast cancer patients pay for travel to Montreal for treatment.

In all, over 5,000 tickets were sold at $1 each, and after deducting the cost of materials and printing, this left us with a net profit of more than $4,300.  According to Guild President Lorene Forttrell and Raffle Chairperson Niki Gemmill, no other organization has ever raised as much money from the quilt raffle.  THANKS EVERYONE!!!


green comp with TIPPlease welcome our new Technology Integration Project (TIP), made possible through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and TD Charitable Foundation!!!

We’re proud to be integrating technology skills into the development of reading, writing and math skills and the learning of English as a new language.  We know that more and more, adults need digital literacy to function well in today’s world—whether at home, at school or at work.  grey comp with TIP

Thanks to the generosity of  Dollar General Literacy Foundation and TD Charitable Foundation, we have brand-new hardware (laptops, headphones and splitters), new software, and the people power to help introduce what’s new here to all our tutors and learners.

At 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 18th, we held the official kickoff of our program!  That day was also the start of our weekly “Tech Time” Wednesdays, when our staff and our college interns will be available in the classroom to help any of our tutors or learners achieve their own digital literacy goals.  Call us if you’d like more information about this project.


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Board President Julius with Germaine Hicks and Patti LaGoy from TD Bank and Shane Shuknecht from Dollar General

Board President Julius with Germaine Hicks and Patti LaGoy from TD Bank and Shane Shuknecht from Dollar General

Tutor meets Funder

Tutor meets Funder

Learner meets funder

Learner meets Funder


Our new technology increases student access by 600%.  WOW!



Leaner meets board member Ron

Learner meets board member Ron

Leaner and Director Norma express appreciation to funders

Learner and Director Norma express appreciation to funders


Tutor meets college interns Mel and Jess

Tutor meets college interns Mel and Jess

  Thank you !!






Learner and Tutor meet the Rosetta Stone!

Learner and Tutor meet the Rosetta Stone!

Learners study English using the Rosetta Stone

Learners study English using the Rosetta Stone

Wednesdays are now  “Tech Time.”  Our tutors and learners can use the Rosetta Stone as part of their English language study, or visit the wide, wide  world of Computer-Assisted-Learning sites available on line!

Technology is FUN!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe held our 5th annual “Day of International Poetry and Song” on Wednesday, September 11th, and it was better than ever!  Performances included songs, poems, prayers, chants and short dramatic readings—presented in English and in 15 other languages.  The program was led by our two AmeriCorps members, Marita and Jocelyne, as part of their AmeriCorps Day of Service. Among the 23 readers/singers were adult learners at LVCC, volunteer tutors, board, staff and our college interns.  Everyone enjoyed the event and left feeling enriched by their participation.  Thank you all.

In Bhutanese

In Bhutanese

In Mandarin

In Mandarin








In Indonesian, Japanese and Albanian

In Indonesian, Japanese and Albanian


In Farsi

In Farsi





In Spanish

In Spanish

In Cantonese

In Cantonese







In Spanish

In Spanish


In English

In English


                It was a Great Morning!






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If you want to make a difference in your life, become a volunteer tutor here at Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County!  Visit our Get Involved page for more information, or call the office at (518) 564-5332 for more information.



At the Library

At the Library

On August 14th, many of our adult learners and their children were given a fantastic tour of the Plattsburgh Public Library by librarian Joanne Weiss–the library’s AmeriCorps for the Adirondacks member.  We were introduced to all the different sections of the physical library and met different staff members, including the new Director, Anne de la Chapelle.

Using the computerized card catalog

Using the computerized card catalog

Then we moved to the library’s PCC (Public Computer Center), and Joanne showed everyone how to access, understand and use the computerized card catalog to find books of interest, reserve them or order them from other libraries!  Finally, we divided up in teams and with our card catalog “call numbers” in hand we went to the “stacks” to locate the books themselves. Tech-Time! photo


The library is fun!

The library is fun!

Everyone learned a lot about what the library has to offer and how to use it independently, and we’ll be reinforcing this learning and building on it by accessing the library’s website from our own computers here in the LVCC adult classroom.  Thank you library staff!

Never too young!

Never too young for books!

The "doorway" to knowledge

Doorway to knowledge!






Free Tutor Training

Free Tutor Training

Know someone who wants to become a trained tutor?  We need them!  Please refer them to our website or ask them to give us a call.  Thanks!




On Stage at the Strand

On Stage at the Strand

We Were on Stage at the Strand in June!

In 2012 and 2013, Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County was in partnership with Symphony Space of New York City (producer of the popular public radio program Selected Shorts), and The Adirondack Center for Writing and Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties to bring Symphony Space’s All Write! program to the North Country.

Last fall, Broadway actors came up from New York City to perform stories and poetry live on stage in Plattsburgh as part of a creative writing and adult literacy program.

Writing Workshop in April with Robin Caudell

Surinder works on her writing  with Robin Caudell

Over the winter, our students participated in special creative writing workshops here at Literacy Volunteers, and we submitted their work to Symphony Space.

First day of Writing workshop!

First day of Writing workshop!

 We are proud to say that as a result, 16 pieces by our adult learners were selected by Symphony Space and they were read live from the stage of The Strand Theater here in Plattsburgh on June 6, 2013.

Some of our proud contributing writers with Norma Menard

Some of our proud contributing writers with Norma Menard

Novka with the actor, Charlotte Colavin, who read her piece from the stage!

Novka with the actor, Charlotte Colavin, who read her piece from the stage!







You can see more pictures and listen to the NCPR broadcast about this event herehttp://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/22256/20130627/adirondack-all-write

You can watch videos of that live performance here: https://www.youtube.com/user/AdkCtrWriting

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