VU Summer Camp

The first two weeks of August were the best of the summer! A curious and lively group of 17 students attended VU summer camp this year, and we kept them busy! Check out the photos to see some of our activities: we learned about world geography, built a bridge in a STEM…

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Full Circle

So many wonderful things happen at the VU homework program, some big and some small. The primary goal, of course, is to help the kids do their homework and practice reading and math skills, but there’s so much more. We help them clean up and organize their messy backpacks and homework…

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What’s the Word?

What’s new at VU? Or maybe I should say what’s “gnu” at VU? 🙂 The letter of the day was launched this past week to help all of our students, but especially the younger ones, add to their language arts skills. We recently added new students and several of them…

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For Old Time’s Sake

There are so many reasons that volunteering with VU is special–hundreds if you count all the children you work with over the course of many years–but one that always stands out is hearing from or seeing former students and young volunteers. VU has been fortunate to have many high school…

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Snowzilla for the Win

 VU volunteers are going to be going through homework withdrawal by the time this storm is over. With the Martin Luther King holiday and a teacher workday on Monday and Tuesday, an icy dusting that closed schools on Thursday, and the cautious closing on Friday in advance of a single flake, we…

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It always feels like a fresh start after the winter holidays. Time to get reorganized and refocused! We’ve reviewed our students’ report cards to get a better sense of how they are doing in school and will use that information to ensure that they are working on the skills they need to improve once…

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Small Victories

As one of the board members on duty for the Monday sessions, I am usually busy supervising instead of working directly with a student. Yesterday, I rotated off doing the sign-in and worked with two of our 4th graders who had the same homework. It was a list of 15 math…

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Giving Tuesday: You’ve Found the Perfect Gift!

Greetings friends and neighbors! The board members at VU hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a happy holiday season. We are so grateful to have been working with students in the community for more than 17 years and look forward to continuing to do so…

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The Holidays Came Early to VU

This week when we entered our office at the Neighborhood Resource Center, we were greeted by multiple packages that arrived from the wonderful employees at Customer Value Partners. All VU had to do  was provide a list of new book titles that we knew our students would love to read–and they fulfilled our…

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Authors at Work

Guess what? VU students are writing a book! For the next few weeks as soon as they finish their homework and reading, students will be working on a draft to contribute to VU’s first book of student work. Using one of several prompts created for them or going off under the…

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