Friday, 24 of October of 2014

Learning Civics: On the Road to Citizenship


“No matter your culture, no matter your country, no matter how you were raised, no matter the circumstances, basically, everybody’s the same. They care about their family. They care about freedom. And they care about having a good life, a better life, and they’re all striving for that.”
-Mary Helen Purcell


Read about Skyline’s very own learner, Leul Yohannes and his successful journey from Eritrea to the United States!


Posted October 8, 2014

From Burma the the Valley: A Refugee’s Story

Meet one of our very own citizenship students, Nkhai Nang Bu Tang Bau, and read about her incredible journey as a refugee from Burma to here, in the Shenandoah Valley.











Posted October 1, 2014

CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union 70th

Anniversary Community Challenge


Great news! Skyline Literacy has been invited to participate in the CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union 70th Anniversary Community Challenge ( This is a great opportunity for our organization to earn a donation of $7,000 from CommonWealth One.

What is the Community Challenge?

  • It’s an effort to save people in our community $700,000 in loan interest by December 31, 2014.
  • It’s accomplished by refinancing credit cards, personal loans, auto loans, or mortgages from other financial institutions to CommonWealth One at lower interest rates. The amount you save contributes toward meeting the $700,000 goal.
  • When the $700,000 goal is met, CommonWealth One will donate $7,000 to Skyline Literacy.

Here’s how you can help Skyline Literacy earn $7,000: Visit the CommonWealth One Community Challenge website: Use their free Loan Saver tool to see if you can save money by refinancing a loan to CommonWealth One to help meet the goal. Just visit and see, no obligation whatsoever, but you may come away saving money while earning us a great donation!

The Results of Our Play for Literacy SCRABBLE® Tournament

Play for Literacy

Thank you all for coming out on Sunday to Play for Literacy!

We had a great time and we raised some funds to help support adult learners in this community.

A Big Thank You to Our Event Sponsors This Year:

Cross Keys Mill Creek Ruritan Club

IDM Trucking, Inc.


Starbucks @ James Madison Square

Visit our Play for Literacy page and watch our Facebook page

for information on the next tournament!

Posted on January 13, 2014

You Made It Pottery Fun-raiser!

You Made It logo

Skyline Literacy “Fun-raiser” at You Made It!

163 South Main Street, Harrisonburg

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 — 4 pm–7 pm

Tell Joan or David that you are with Skyline Literacy, and 15% of your purchase will help adult literacy programs.

Don’t have time to create?  Buy your piece between 4-7, come back when it is convenient for you!

Posted November 30, 2013

Skyline Literacy presents challenges of immigrant women and professional careers

Skyline Literacy Meets AAUW

Skyline Literacy teamed up with the AAUW (American Association of University Women) to discuss obstacles faced by  university-educated immigrant/refugee women.   Laura Zarrugh, member of AAUW and the Skyline Literacy Board President, along with Elizabeth Girvan, SL Executive Director, presented a round table discussion.

Five area university-educated immigrant women spoke of the obstacles they face when trying to find employment in their chosen careers after moving to the United States.

Read more of the story here:

Posted September 14, 2013

The Impact of Functional Illiteracy

Someone who is functionally illiterate can often read and write simple words but cannot apply these limited skills to necessary tasks in everyday life such as reading a medicine label, balancing a bank account, and filling out a job application. In fact, parents who are functionally illiterate will not have the skills or confidence to help their children with homework or even read their children a bedtime story (World Literacy Foundation, 2012).

Ed Attainment bar graph
Did you know that the percentage of adults with less than a 9th grade education is higher in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County than it is in the State and the Nation?


Functional illiteracy prevents adults from accessing education and vocational training, thus decreasing their earning capacity. It costs employers, healthcare providers, and municipalities additional dollars each year. It impacts children’s performance in school and likelihood to graduate from high school and attend college. Even adults with some education struggle with literacy skills. Many adults with less than a 9th grade education read below a 5th grade level.




How can you help? Become a Community Literacy Partner through your gifts of time and money. A donation of $25 will purchase a literacy book or help with the cost of tutoring. Use our secure online donation form here.

Interested in volunteering? Call 540.433.0505 or email for more information and upcoming tutor training dates.

Posted September 2, 2013

Play for Literacy SCRABBLE® Tournament

Play for Literacy


Come and play SCRABBLE and support adult literacy programs in our community!

February 22, 2015 – 2:00 – 4:30 pm, (Doors open at 1:30)

Skyline Middle School, Harrisonburg, VA

See our event page for more information or call 540.433.0505.

Registration now open.   To register, click HERE.


Win Prizes!  Support a Good Cause!

Posted on October 2, 2013

Thank You, Volunteers!

Skyline Literacy would like to thank all of our volunteers for donating their time and items this past weekend at our garage sale. The money raised from the garage sale will help Skyline Literacy continue to enhance literacy for adult learners. Your help is greatly appreciated and will make a difference in our community! Thank you!

Posted on June 24, 2013

Summer Yard Sale

Join Skyline Literacy for our Summer Yard Sale on Saturday June 22 from 8:00am-4:00pm.

Summer Yard Sale
Posted on June 17, 2013