It’s Project Season

Hard to believe we are halfway through the first semester of school, but interims have started appearing for some of the kids. We’ll keep them working hard to improve in all areas but especially those where they need help the most. A few projects have cropped up so far too. VU has lots of resources…

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What’s Your Favorite After-School Snack?

VU added milk to the menu last week along with the snacks we have been serving each day. It disappeared so quickly! The kids also love the turkey and cheese sandwiches we make a couple of times a week and serve along with fresh fruit. Other days feature yogurt, fresh fruit, raising,…

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Getting Settled

Along with our returning students, we have welcomed five new learners to VU homework assistance. We have a waiting list with lots more kids on it, and we are continually reevaluating whether we can add more according to the number of volunteers available to support them and the physical space…

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Happy Reunions

The first week back has been a happy reunion of volunteers and students! It’s so heartwarming to greet students and see the big smiles on their faces when they come through the door and see the familiar setting and friendly volunteers. Settling quickly back into the VU routine, students are enjoying…

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Help VU by Clicking for a Cause!

VU has joined the Click for a Cause fundraiser at WTOP. Please take a moment to go to http://wtop.com/click-for-a-cause , find the VU logo, and click “like.” Our homework assistance program helps students in Herndon receive help with their homework, extra reading support, and math skills practice in a free after-school program.…

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Summer Success!

VU’s first full-day summer camp culminated in a fun-filled Field Day at Bready Park. After a picnic, kids ran sack races and 3-legged races, got gleefully wet during a water relay, and enjoyed cooperative games that challenged them to work together.  All together, 21 kids enjoyed 8 days of crafts, games,…

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First Full-Day Summer Camp at VU

Today is the first day of our VU summer camp at the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center! Nearly all of our regular homework assistance  students are coming and will do some writing and language arts review, crafts, a workout with trainers from Sport & Health in Reston, reading, games, and more! Thanks to…

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Summer Camp Ahead

Although school is not quite over, VU closed a little early because students are busy with SOLs and wrapping up the school year. Volunteers and board members are taking a small respite and then we will turn our energies to plan our exciting summer program!   We are trying something new…

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Steady On to the End of the School Year

Some homework sessions, it already feels like the last week of school, but other sessions, it’s clear that the last 5 or 6 weeks are going to be chock full of learning and homework. This week, the students in grades 4, 5, and 6 are busy taking their SOLs but…

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Giving the Gift of Time

  “We couldn’t do it without you.” That sentiment has never been uttered more sincerely  or appropriately than on April 16 at the VU volunteer appreciation dinner. All VU volunteers–from the president of the board to the newest homework helper–donate their time. And although everyone appreciated the lovely dinner and…

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