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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SOLs and School Elections: Rites of Spring

We’re holding steady at homework assistance. Students and volunteers are working hard to get homework done so everyone can take advantage of the great weather and extended daylight hours knowing that all the work is done. That’s actually a lesson that we hope students learn as they work with volunteers–the joy of being prepared when they…

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Spring Things

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. The extended daylight means that students can come to VU to do their homework and still have time to go outside and play afterward–and that’s perfect. Seems that students and their parents think so too, because we have been busy!…

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