What are you thankful for?

We all have so much to be thankful for, so we asked the kids to write what they were thankful for in their journals. Then they made a poster so everyone could see. Guess what I am thankful for?

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It’s Scary How Time Flies

Can you believe it’s past Halloween and the end of the first grading period for students at VU? We treated our students on Halloween and soon they’ll treat us with their report cards! We’ve been working really hard to sharpen reading comprehension, strengthen math skills, and share our love of…

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Spring Fever

Warmer weather, sunny days, soccer practice, renewed energy–all signs of spring at VU. But homework, reading, and math skills practice continue despite the increased squirminess and impatience to get back outside (kids and volunteers)! Recently, we asked all our students what book they would like to own and tracked their…

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Thanks for a Wonderful 2018

We blinked and the 2018 semester at VU was ending! What a great time it was. Attendance was steady; we added some new students; and our experienced and new volunteers worked cheerfully to help with homework, build skills, and listen to young readers. We’ve maintained our commitment to more student writing and improving…

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Bonus: Science Experiment!

Look who’s experimenting! VU students love the high school volunteers who share their time with us, especially when one of them comes up with a cool extra. One of our long-time high school volunteers planned and executed a science experiment with help an assistant from the Children’s Science Center, located…

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First Week of VU for 2018-19

They came back! Some are taller; some have new braces; some have sun-streaked hair: all are ready to tackle a new year of learning and growing. And the volunteers-some returning and some brand new-are eager to help.

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Staying Busy at VU

We’ve been having a great time this spring with an initiative to encourage the kids to write more. With daily prompts that ask such questions as What would be your superpower? or start with “When I woke up this morning and went outside, something fell on my head…” we have…

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Volunteers Are VU’s Heart and Soul

It’s winter. Sometimes getting out of the house or leaving work to get to VU at 4:15 p.m. means braving the wet and cold. A volunteer might be tempted to think “they won’t miss me this one time. There’s lots of help.” Oh so wrong! We depend on our volunteers…

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Whew! We’ve been busy

After opening on September 18, VU has been up and running! Most Mondays and Tuesdays so far we have been averaging 15 students each night. And in addition to the seasoned volunteers who returned, we have oriented more than a dozen new volunteers so far! I know it’s a bit…

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Reading Goal Achieved!

These VU students were among the readers who helped reach their reading goal–one sprinkle at a time! Every time a student read aloud to a volunteer for 20 minutes, they put a sprinkle/sticker on the ice cream cone. The goal was 120 hours of reading, and the reward was an…

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