No Tricks, All Treats

Although once in a while a student likes to play a funny trick on a volunteer, it’s mostly just treats at VU homework assistance. It’s a treat when a student:  Says, “I can do it” or “Oh, I get that” Wants to read “just one more page” Says “thank you” Helps another…

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Motivation

Two weeks in and things are humming along at homework assistance. The students are motivated and the volunteers are too. We have a room for students in grades 1-3 and one for students in grades 4-6, so on the nights that we have 17 or more students, there is often a pleasant…

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Opening Day

Opening day of Homework Assistance finally arrived last week! Our anticipation was almost as great as those who wait for opening day of baseball or football season, but we think the start of homework is even better. This is our 17th year of service to neighborhood students and our roster…

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Preparing for Opening Day at VU

Although the lights were out at VU over the summer, the folks behind the scenes were not idle! Members of the board updated registration forms and handbooks for students, parents, and volunteers. We put our book collection back in order after a busy school year and added popular titles that…

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May Days

We are starting out the final month for the 2013-14 year with great attendance. In past years, numbers of students have dropped off considerably in the waning days of the school year, but so far, we are seeing about 15 students each night and our volunteers are holding pretty steady.…

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Delayed Gratification

Working with children on their homework and skills requires a good deal of patience. There is nothing more gratifying than seeing a concept click or a skill mastered. So many variables affect the learning process that persistence and consistency are of parmount importance. This week I noticed a student (she’s in…

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Valensnow or Snowentine?

If predictions hold true, there will be snow for Valentine’s Day this year, so it’s a good thing that students have been busy making cards for their friends and family all week long! There’s nothing like some pretty paper, markers, and maybe some stickers and glitter to keep students busy…

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Not Another Snow Day!

I know, kids love them and everyone has to be kept safe, but we’re missing so much VU! It’s been busy the last few weeks with about 15 kids or more each night. And we adding more from the waiting list as fast as we can. We’ve seen such progress with…

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New Year’s Appreciations

Instead of resolutions, VU is focusing on appreciations. So many folks helped us out in 2013 with volunteering, donations, and services that we have to express our gratitude! The VU board is so fortunate to have delightful  students and dedicated volunteers and the great services of the Neighborhood Resource Center and Cornerstones…

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Wish List

There’s an air of excitement at VU this week leading up to the winter break. Homework for some has been light, but others are working on multipart projects. Last night I helped one of our students write a four paragraph essay about a biography he read, one of several components of…

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