2016 Moments Worth Remembering

Before too much more time elapses in 2017, we at VU want to take a moment to reflect on a momentous 2016—a year of change. In early summer, Barbara Sorenson, VU’s president and fearless leader since 2006, decided it was time for a well-deserved break and retired from VU. Her…

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Books: The Best Gift Ever

On the last day of homework assistance for 2016, VU students received a holiday gift bag. By far the favorite item was the personally selected book that each child found inside! Thanks to a fundraising effort by volunteer Alicia Bowen (far left in photo), VU president Andrea Ciecierski was able…

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Parent Night 2016

When I check students in at VU’s homework program, I am able to meet the parents as they drop their children off. Although I don’t speak Spanish (many of our volunteers do) and many of the parents do not speak English, it’s still easy to communicate with a smile and a personalized greeting that their…

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Turtles, Lizards, and Snakes, Oh My!

Wondering what other wonderful fun we had at VU summer camp? The reptiles were a favorite of mine. Thanks Reptiles Alive! LLC for a great presentation. The kids loved it. Some of the volunteers may have been less than thrilled, but they didn’t let it show. We all learned a…

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VU Summer Camp

The first two weeks of August were the best of the summer! A curious and lively group of 17 students attended VU summer camp this year, and we kept them busy! Check out the photos to see some of our activities: we learned about world geography, built a bridge in a STEM…

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Snowzilla for the Win

 VU volunteers are going to be going through homework withdrawal by the time this storm is over. With the Martin Luther King holiday and a teacher workday on Monday and Tuesday, an icy dusting that closed schools on Thursday, and the cautious closing on Friday in advance of a single flake, we…

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It always feels like a fresh start after the winter holidays. Time to get reorganized and refocused! We’ve reviewed our students’ report cards to get a better sense of how they are doing in school and will use that information to ensure that they are working on the skills they need to improve once…

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Small Victories

As one of the board members on duty for the Monday sessions, I am usually busy supervising instead of working directly with a student. Yesterday, I rotated off doing the sign-in and worked with two of our 4th graders who had the same homework. It was a list of 15 math…

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Giving Tuesday: You’ve Found the Perfect Gift!

Greetings friends and neighbors! The board members at VU hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a happy holiday season. We are so grateful to have been working with students in the community for more than 17 years and look forward to continuing to do so…

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The Holidays Came Early to VU

This week when we entered our office at the Neighborhood Resource Center, we were greeted by multiple packages that arrived from the wonderful employees at Customer Value Partners. All VU had to do  was provide a list of new book titles that we knew our students would love to read–and they fulfilled our…

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