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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New Year, New Space

So much has happened in the last few weeks! During the week before the winter holiday, volunteers prepared gift bags for students and distributed them on the final day of homework for the year. You can see from the smiles on their faces how much it was appreciated.  That day…

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Scared of the Dark?

When it gets dark so early in late fall, I just want to stay inside after work. Fortunately, VU students are not afraid of the dark or deterred by it one bit. Nor are the dedicated volunteers. Monday night we had 16 students and 10 volunteers and on Tuesday we had 21 students…

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Going Strong

The leaves may be falling off the trees, but the attendance at VU isn’t dropping off at all! Last night, nearly the whole roster of students showed up! Twenty little scholars but only nine volunteers. I’m sure it was a little hectic, but thanks to all our great kids and volunteers, everyone got the help they needed. If…

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Homework Is Not Scary

But sometimes the volunteers are a little strange. Well, only on Halloween when they dress up to make doing homework a little more fun. Nine little goblins showed up on October 31st to make sure they had all their homework and reading done before trick or treating. Kudos to them and their…

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Web of Support

At the risk of jinxing it, I have to acknowledge the fabulous run we are having at VU. We have had an average of about 14 students per day and a tremendous turnout of volunteers. Things are picking up now and students have more and more-complex homework, but they are working…

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Pleased to Be Growing

Every new volunteer for VU means more students can be added to the program, receive assistance, and be successful in school. At VU, success really does breed success. Last week, we had healthy numbers of students and volunteers every night: several new high school volunteers and a number of adults too. One new…

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And Away We Go

VU is now well underway for the 2012-13 school year. It’s really great to see familiar faces return after the summer break–and I mean my fellow volunteers as well as the students! We have also welcomed some new scholars so far this year and look forward to adding more as we…

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Still Going Strong

Although the school year is winding down, homework help is going strong until it ends on May 31 for the year. It’s great to see the kids still coming and the volunteers maintaining their commitment even when the weather is gorgeous. In fact, we have added several new students recently, and…

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