Our network

Reston Community Center Receives Statewide VRPS Award | Community Spirit

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Reston Community Center Receives Statewide VRPS Award

From Reston Community Center:

RESTON, VA —The Virginia Recreation and Parks Society (VRPS) recently presented an award for the "Best Promotional Effort-Flyer" to the Reston Community Center (RCC) for its ESL Courses Brochure at its 56th Annual Conference held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center this past September.

“RCC is delighted and honored that the excellence of our promotional efforts has been recognized at the state-wide level,” said Leila Gordon, RCC Executive Director.  “At RCC, we strive to deliver a full spectrum of high-quality, enriching programs to our community.  Of course, all the best programs in the world can’t be successful if people do not know about them; so our communications efforts are as important to us as program planning."

The ESL tri-fold highlighting the program’s objectives and the provider, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Graduate School, was translated into the four most common native languages of recent past participants: Chinese, Farsi, Russian and Spanish.  The alternate language formats helped community members overcome language barriers – the very issue the program was attempting to address – and as a result, participation jumped by 32% following the use of the alternative language formats.   

RCC offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults and senior adults from beginning to intermediate levels of English proficiency.  The curriculum integrates elements of writing, conversation, and pronunciation.   

VRPS is a statewide association for recreation and leisure services. It makes its awards "in recognition of outstanding accomplishments by individuals and organizations in the field of recreation and parks throughout Virginia." The conference is education focused and provides an opportunity for recreation and park professionals to discuss areas of common interest. VRPS is a private, non-profit professional organization, founded in 1953. Its mission is to unite all professionals, students, and interested lay persons engaged in the field of recreation, parks, and other leisure services in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information on the Society contact the state office at (804) 730-9447 or visit them on the web at www.vrps.com.

Reston Deals