First Week of VU for 2018-19

They came back! Some are taller; some have new braces; some have sun-streaked hair: all are ready to tackle a new year of learning and growing. And the volunteers-some returning and some brand new-are eager to help.

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Let’s Get Started!

VU is gearing up for the 2018-19 school year. The board has been working behind the scenes to get ready to welcome students back to after-school sessions to do homework, build skills in reading and math, and have some fun learning. If you are already a volunteer, then you know…

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Staying Busy at VU

We’ve been having a great time this spring with an initiative to encourage the kids to write more. With daily prompts that ask such questions as What would be your superpower? or start with “When I woke up this morning and went outside, something fell on my head…” we have…

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Volunteers Are VU’s Heart and Soul

It’s winter. Sometimes getting out of the house or leaving work to get to VU at 4:15 p.m. means braving the wet and cold. A volunteer might be tempted to think “they won’t miss me this one time. There’s lots of help.” Oh so wrong! We depend on our volunteers…

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Time Flies

Report cards started coming in a week or so ago, and we now have just about all of them. It’s hard to believe it’s the second quarter already! One notable thing about the report cards is that the kids in grades 5 and 6 who have been coming to VU…

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Parents Get in on the Learning at VU

Parents are such important partners at VU. They faithfully bring their children to do their homework and read with our volunteers, often waiting at NRC for 90 minutes while their kids work. Over the past year, a couple of moms and dads have asked us to help them learn English…

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Whew! We’ve been busy

After opening on September 18, VU has been up and running! Most Mondays and Tuesdays so far we have been averaging 15 students each night. And in addition to the seasoned volunteers who returned, we have oriented more than a dozen new volunteers so far! I know it’s a bit…

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So Much Potential

I wish I were going back to school. What’s more exciting than the promise of a new school year? You have new teachers; you get to see old friends and make new ones; and if you are lucky, you get to go back to VU to do your homework and…

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Gearing Up!

As hard as it is to think about summer break ending, it’s a reality. For VU that means the kids come back! And we are so happy about that. We’re busy preparing to help with homework, do lots of reading and fun related activities, and serve some yummy healthy snacks.…

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Reading Goal Achieved!

These VU students were among the readers who helped reach their reading goal–one sprinkle at a time! Every time a student read aloud to a volunteer for 20 minutes, they put a sprinkle/sticker on the ice cream cone. The goal was 120 hours of reading, and the reward was an…

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