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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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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VU Back in Business

It was a great summer, but now it’s time for books, pencils, flashcards, and so much more! Two days in and we have registered all the kids from last year and seen most of their smiling faces. And our volunteer pool is so strong: we have our beloved veterans returning…

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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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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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Happy Reunions

The first week back has been a happy reunion of volunteers and students! It’s so heartwarming to greet students and see the big smiles on their faces when they come through the door and see the familiar setting and friendly volunteers. Settling quickly back into the VU routine, students are enjoying…

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Pyramids, Pillars, and the Pantheon

Pyramids, pillars, and the pantheon were on the mind of third-grade students at VU over the past few weeks as they worked on their ancient civilizations projects. As the students dove headfirst into making their posters, volunteers also introduced the topics of planning and preparation. “First, let’s talk about what information do…

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VU Is Back…and Then It Snowed!

After a long break, kids and volunteers returned to VU on Monday 1/5/15 ready to start a new year of learning. And then it snowed! VU is not open today 1/6/15 because FCPS closed in the face of inclement weather.  Let’s try to get some traction on Wednesday and get…

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VU Warms Your Heart

At least a couple times a week for three or four years, his little head would peek around the doorway to the homework room, eyes wide, looking for his big brothers. All the regular volunteers knew that adorable face and often told him that one day he would come to…

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