Congratulations to the six local nonprofit organizations that received awards from the CFNSV Cochran Family Youth Fund in 2015. A total of $17,512 was awarded.

CHEERS School Family, Inc., Fremont Street Nursery, Lutheran Family Services, Reach Out and Read, Skyline CAP, Inc. and Timber Ridge School each received a grant to support specific programs that impact the lives of children in the city of Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick and Warren.

Due to the generosity of Douglas E. Cochran, who established this fund in 2007, children in our community will have new play and therapeutic equipment, calculators, computer hardware and software, books, and lending libraries they need to learn and grow with these organizations.

Mr. Cochran lived across the street from Handley High School in the mid-1900s. His family was active in a number of youth groups as well as church and civic organizations in our community. While his life has taken him west, he continues to fondly remember his time here and to give back to the youth in this community.

Six local organizations received awards from the Cochran Family Youth Fund in 2015.  A total of $17,512 was awarded.

CHEERS School Family, Inc.  ($4000)
CHEERS School Family, Inc. operates three child development centers, including the Heritage Child Development Center (HCDC) in Berryville, VA.  HCDC provides a strong educational, social and emotional foundation for children from six weeks to twelve years. Their doors are open to all children, especially low-income and disadvantaged children. They have served 156 low-income children at HCDC during the past four years, providing public assistance and/or scholarship tuition assistance from CHEERS.

Funds will help to build a climber play structure and fall zone surfacing for the school-age playground at HCDC. This new play structure will allow children the opportunity to increase gross motor skill development, as well as aide in the education of the importance of nutrition and exercise.

Funds will be used to purchase two new computers, a modem, router and educational software that will provide the opportunity for their children to learn phonics, numbers, colors, shapes, and, most importantly, that reading is fun!

Lutheran Family Services  ($2236)
Lutheran Family Services of Virginia (LFSVA) has evolved from an orphanage in Salem, VA to an agency of 400 employees who help vulnerable individuals experience abundant, successful lives at home, school and in the community. In Winchester, LFSVA provides support for families who have loved ones with disabilities.

Funds will be used for Essential Pieces (EP), a community outreach program that offers workshops for families, individuals with disabilities, and professionals in the field of therapeutic services. LFSVA will purchase sensory items that improve student focus and modify challenging behaviors that occur at home, school and in community social situations.

Reach Out and Read  ($3000)
Reach Out and Read Virginia prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to “prescribe” books and encourage families to read together.   This year in Frederick County and the city of Winchester the organization reached 2,675 children through three sites; Lord Fairfax Health Department, Pediatric Associates of Winchester, and Winchester Family Health Center. In these locations 5,350 books were “prescribed”.

Funds will be used to purchase books for low-income households to be given away at local doctor’s offices.

Skyline CAP, Inc. ($2276)
Skyline CAP, Inc. operates the Head Start program in Warren County and 5 other Virginia counties. The two Warren County classrooms serve 36 students and are located at Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School in Front Royal.

Funds will be used to create an in-classroom lending library which will make it easy for the children to access books in the classroom and to check them out for reading at home. This will provide a strong foundation for literacy in preparation for kindergarten.

Timber Ridge School  ($2000)
Timber Ridge School has been educating and reshaping the lives of at-risk young men from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the state of West Virginia for more than 40 years. More than 2800 boys have received care and instruction at Timber Ridge School.

Funds will be used to improve math instruction through the use of calculators, software and computers. Math is typically an area where students struggle due to fractured attendance and studies, limited effort, and weak foundational math skills. The math department goal is to give students exposure to the rigor in the areas of basic math, algebra, geometry and data analysis to develop strong math skills to meet assessment and real-life needs.

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