Give Local Piedmont 2020

Log on & give local on May 5th

Give Local Piedmont inspires community members to give generously to the nonprofit organizations that are making our region stronger. Every dollar is increased with additional “bonus” dollars generously provided by the PATH Foundation as well as sponsor-provided prizes. Starting on April 21st, you can even make pre-event donations. We encourage you to give on the day of the event as well so your donations will qualify for prizes!

“Everybody Wins” Honored by the Madison County Board of Education

Based on the recommendation of teachers at the Waverly Yowell Elementary School, the MCEF “Everybody Wins” program was selected to receive recognition at the March 9, 2020, Madison County School Board meeting. Everybody Wins pairs community volunteers with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders who have requested inclusion in the program to read and chat together once a week during the students’ lunch break. Our goal is not to teach reading but to generate enthusiasm for reading.

Attending the ceremony were WYES teachers Rebecca Bader and Marty Ward; David Cooper, Chair and volunteer reader for Everybody Wins; Jeannine Leffel and Dera Cooper Everybody Wins volunteer readers, and several students who participate in the program. Mrs. Leffel was joined at the podium by the two young ladies who have been reading with her for the past two years to share their experiences in Everybody Wins. Each student in attendance was given an opportunity to speak about their favorite aspects of the program which included, spending time with the volunteers, meeting new people, reading, and being members of the group. Those who were in the program last year also mentioned their enthusiasm for the field trip to the Green Valley Book Fair and lunch at the Wood Grill Buffet in Harrisonburg.

Rebecca Bader makes her third-grade classroom available on Tuesdays. She is very involved in helping to manage the program and said that she sees the results of the program trickle into other aspects of learning as the children develop an enthusiasm for reading. School Board member and former MCEF Officer, Arthur Greene, Jr., indicated that he believes “Everybody Wins” is the most impactful of the MCEF programs. School Board Chairman, Barry Penn Hollar thanked MCEF and its volunteers for operating the program, saying “the whole community wins”.

The volunteers of Everybody Wins will be quick to tell you that they get as much out of the program as the children do. There are currently 28 volunteers reading to 34 students and there is a waiting list of students who hope to join the program. If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to David Cooper at An application is available at wins. We would love to have you!

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Waverly Yowell Book Fair Field Trip

In partnership with the wonderful teachers and administrators of Waverly Yowell Elementary School, the Madison County Education Foundation (MCEF) conducts a reading/mentoring program known as “Everybody Wins”. Students who choose to join the program enjoy their lunches while reading one-on-one with an assigned volunteer once a week during the academic year and Summer school. The program has grown from its pilot program in 2017 to 34 volunteers during the 2018/19 school year.

On Friday, May 17th we wrapped up our year with a celebration that included a field trip to the Green Valley Book Fair in Mt. Crawford and lunch at the Wood Grill Buffet in Harrisonburg. We travelled by school bus to the Book Fair where the students enjoyed stories in the “Adventure Tales” section of the Fair and shopping time to purchase a book, compliments of MCEF. The Green Valley Book Fair donated back packs and bookmarks to the students.

In addition to 10 volunteers from Everybody Wins the 32 students were chaperoned by 4 teachers from Waverly Yowell. When we returned to Waverly Yowell, the students were presented with a beautiful array of books and allowed to choose one to take home with them. These books were provided through the generosity of Jeannine Jensen who donated enough books to supply our Everybody Wins readers and donate to the school library. To say that everyone (including the chaperones) enjoyed the day would be an understatement. The students were extremely well-behaved and did Madison proud while having great fun!

S’cool Moves Have Come to Madison!

S’cool Moves Have Come to Madison!

Kids at Madison Primary School and Waverly Yowell Elementary School are energizing their brains by moving their bodies! Students from Pre-K to 5th grade are using S’cool Moves to calm down, focus, improve their reading and writing, and study everything from spelling words to history facts… and they are having fun doing it!

S’cool Moves is composed of research-based routines and strategies that are integrated with academic techniques to increase focus, improve academic stamina, elevate reading skills, and support regulation of the nervous system. S’cool Moves access the prefrontal cortex and increase retention of learned information and provide the means to teach students HOW to focus rather than just TELLING them to focus.

This past October, Rebecca Lewis (MPS) and Jes Henshaw (WYES) attended a two day conference October presented by Dr. Debra Em Wilson, the co-founder of S’cool Moves. Both teachers immediately began implementing the routines and strategies with their students and soon introduced them to the staff at both schools. The strategies and routines were well received since they filled a need to teach the WHOLE student and meet ALL needs, especially students with Tier 2 and 3 academic and behavior concerns.

Lewis and Henshaw are grateful to have receive a $1000 grant from MCEF to buy additional materials for students in MPS and WYES. The grant allowed both schools to have more Routine and Strategy posters and numerous tier 2 and 3 reading strategy materials. Dr. Wilson also helped the schools by donating an additional $600 of materials! And since these materials are all reuseable, these routines and strategies can continue to be implemented for years to come.

Below are some pictures of students using S’cool Moves. A S’cool Moves Bulletin Board in WYES entryway lets students and visitors know about the strategies and try out different ones!

Our foundation is continuing to work with the Madison County schools and community organizations to ensure that education continues during these difficult times. We are adapting our work to meet the current needs of the groups we work with.

We are reaching out to our community to ask for your financial support. We elected to forgo our spring fundraising efforts last March due to the uncertainties of the time. We now ask you to help us out so we can give the maximum support possible to the schools and other community educational groups that we traditionally support.

Your Support Matters!