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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New Tablets at VU!

We always try to make learning enjoyable at VU, but the fun factor got a boost with the recent addition of Kindle Fire tablets (kids version) to the program. As a result of a generous donation, students are using brand new tablets to aid them in learning and practicing math, money skills, telling time, spelling, phonics,…

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A Lasting Legacy for Retired President

Barbara Sorenson, a tireless volunteer, advocate, and former president for Vecinos Unidos, a nonprofit after-school program in Herndon, retired in 2016 after serving children in the community for 15 years. On April 19, Andrea Ciecierski, the current president; the board of directors; and 30 volunteers gathered to recognize her years…

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VU’s Lasting Impact

Sometimes VU has the wonderful opportunity to hear from students who participated in the early days of the program. At that time, it was a bit different in structure and served older students, but the goal of helping students succeed in school and life was the foundation then as it is…

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Story Time at VU: What Happens Next?

We recently added something new at VU–Story Time. The kids gathered round, sitting on their carpet squares, to listen to two volunteers each read a story. We received a wonderful gift of some classic children’s books from the ’50s, ’60s an ’70s. Because they were too fragile for the kids to handle,…

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