And We’re Back!

September 16 was the first night of VU for the 2013-14 school year, and it was a great success. On a beautiful sunny afternoon, 13 students and 8 volunteers got all the homework done, read books, and even had time for a game or two.  With new processes and forms to…

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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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Great Feedback

VU just got the results of our first every parent survey. Guess what? We are doing a great job and parents like and value the support we provide for their students! The  responses from parents who completed the survey (about 50%) were overwhelmingly positive.  Parents’ appreciation for our homework help and the…

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100 Students? No Fooling?

100 students receive VU  homework assistance last night!  Volunteers work miracles. Of course that’s an April Fool’s untruth, but I sure wish we could help that many students in our program. As we near the final stretch of the school year (one student told me last night that there are 59 days of…

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Reflections From a Student Volunteer

VU would be nothing without its volunteers. We appreciate them immensely and love to have high school students volunteer because they relate to the younger students so well. Therefore, it‘s particularly gratifying to  share this reflection from a college student who volunteered with VU from the time she was a high…

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The Joys of Volunteering

Actually, I can’t think of a time when I didn’t enjoy my hours at VU homework assistance, but two things last night brought especially big smiles to my face. One of our students who came to us when school started very unprepared to learn at the first grade level has captured our hearts…

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The Prize Is Learning

The students have moved into their third grading period, and VU is still going strong! As they proudly brought in their report cards and selected a small prize for remembering to do so, we reinforced the value of what we do.  I’m pretty sure the kids get the message that…

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Busy Behind the Scenes

Fairfax County Schools have been closed for a few days in the last two weeks for holidays and teacher workdays, but VU board members and volunteers have been busy behind the scenes. Some folks explored new books, the board members held their monthly meeting, and the board president made the word eggs…

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Homework Done=Time for Educational Games

Even the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the kids who keep on coming to get help with their homework, read, and play games. Seventeen students and 16 volunteers turned out on a rainy Wednesday, and after working diligently to complete their assignments and read to volunteers, most students had time to play some…

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Embracing the New Year

Many folks determine to make changes in a new year; some succeed, some don’t. VU made a big change and did so with gusto. The two nights that homework has been open in the new year in the new space brought 16 and 19 students and 11 and 12 volunteers respectively. It appears that the…

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