Turtles, Lizards, and Snakes, Oh My!

Wondering what other wonderful fun we had at VU summer camp? The reptiles were a favorite of mine. Thanks Reptiles Alive! LLC for a great presentation. The kids loved it. Some of the volunteers may have been less than thrilled, but they didn’t let it show. We all learned a…

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First Full-Day Summer Camp at VU

Today is the first day of our VU summer camp at the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center! Nearly all of our regular homework assistance  students are coming and will do some writing and language arts review, crafts, a workout with trainers from Sport & Health in Reston, reading, games, and more! Thanks to…

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Summer Camp Ahead

Although school is not quite over, VU closed a little early because students are busy with SOLs and wrapping up the school year. Volunteers and board members are taking a small respite and then we will turn our energies to plan our exciting summer program!   We are trying something new…

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Bowling Blowout

All good things must end, but following tradition, the VU summer program goes out on a fun note at the bowling alley. Eight students and eight volunteers hit the lanes for some active fun and then enjoyed a pizza snack. It was great to see the spirit of cooperation continue…

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Outdoor Fun at VU Field Day

Sack races, potato relays, watermelon, and popsicles. What more could you ask for on a beautiful summer afternoon? VU kids and volunteers played and laughed their way through Field Day, adding fresh air and exercise to the usual VU program. Many thanks to Les for volunteering his backyard and the volunteers who…

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Everything old is new again……

Today at VU we introduced our students (& some of our high school volunteers) to games from some of our volunteers’ childhood days.  Tiddly Winks, Pic-up-Sticks, Hop Scotch, Barrel of Monkeys, Hands Down and Jacks were all a big hit.  We also had old time red ball popsicles and sugar…

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VU Goes Green

Following the trend to “reuse & recycle” VU students put their creativity to use making clever art projects from toilet paper and paper towel rolls.  It was clear that a lot of thought and time went into their creations and they turned out great

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Stone Soup

After listening to the classic story of  “Stone Soup” students set to chopping a variety of healthy vegetables for their own homemade soup. The kitchen was quickly filled with the lovely aroma of simmering broth and veggies.  While waiting for the soup, students built a variety of very impressive Lego…

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Baubles, bangles and beads

The summer program is in full swing and one of our students’ favorite craft projects was once again a big success.  Bead day is always very popular as students create a dazzling display of multi-colored key chains.  From alligators to bees to penguins the students worked very diligently selecting just…

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Summer Is Here!

The 2013 VU Summer Program officially kicked off on July 2 with students and volunteers spending the afternoon playing traditional board games. Old favorites were brought out and new games introduced. The kids love playing computer games–and will get to do that during the summer program also–but they have lots of…

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