May Days

We are starting out the final month for the 2013-14 year with great attendance. In past years, numbers of students have dropped off considerably in the waning days of the school year, but so far, we are seeing about 15 students each night and our volunteers are holding pretty steady.…

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Delayed Gratification

Working with children on their homework and skills requires a good deal of patience. There is nothing more gratifying than seeing a concept click or a skill mastered. So many variables affect the learning process that persistence and consistency are of parmount importance. This week I noticed a student (she’s in…

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Valensnow or Snowentine?

If predictions hold true, there will be snow for Valentine’s Day this year, so it’s a good thing that students have been busy making cards for their friends and family all week long! There’s nothing like some pretty paper, markers, and maybe some stickers and glitter to keep students busy…

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Not Another Snow Day!

I know, kids love them and everyone has to be kept safe, but we’re missing so much VU! It’s been busy the last few weeks with about 15 kids or more each night. And we adding more from the waiting list as fast as we can. We’ve seen such progress with…

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Wish List

There’s an air of excitement at VU this week leading up to the winter break. Homework for some has been light, but others are working on multipart projects. Last night I helped one of our students write a four paragraph essay about a biography he read, one of several components of…

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It’s Project Time!

What a busy few weeks it’s been at VU homework assistance. Attendance numbers are up and steady, so having 15-19 students each night is getting to be standard. Keeps the volunteers on their toes! Second quarter must also be project time, because many of our students have been working hard to create…

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Fall Flurry

We’ve had a flurry of students in the homework assitance program over the last few weeks.  Great attendance numbers in the high teens mean that our students find us valuable, but they can put a strain on our volunteer force. With 2:1 ratio, it’s sometimes hard to ensure that all students…

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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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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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