For Old Time’s Sake

There are so many reasons that volunteering with VU is special–hundreds if you count all the children you work with over the course of many years–but one that always stands out is hearing from or seeing former students and young volunteers. VU has been fortunate to have many high school…

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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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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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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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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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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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Math Muscles

Quick! What’s 72 ÷ by 9? 42 ÷ by 6? 3 × 7? We have some students at VU who are getting lightning fast with their number facts–including one super speedy young man who gives us all a run with division–building their mathematics muscles and preparing for a great future. When we started adding 10…

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Reading Rock Star

VU is proud to have a certified Reading Rock Star in its midst! One of our second grade students, who has been coming to VU regularly all year, received a Reading Rock Start medal from his teacher for improvement in reading. He is so proud. His dad believes–and the volunteers do too–that…

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Where Are They Now?

When children age out of our program after 6th grade, we don’t often see or hear from them again–except for the few but fortunate circumstances where a younger sibling attends and we are able to stay in touch. Those of us who have been with the program a decade or more have…

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