And Away We Go

VU is now well underway for the 2012-13 school year. It’s really great to see familiar faces return after the summer break–and I mean my fellow volunteers as well as the students! We have also welcomed some new scholars so far this year and look forward to adding more as we…

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Spiffing Up for a New School Year

The VU summer program ended last week on a happy, noisy note as students and volunteers hit the lanes for some bowling and then shared pizza.  It was a blast. Students also recieved school supplies to help them prepare for back-to-school. Sadly, we also said good-bye to a long-time attendee who…

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Water Balloons and Solar System Hopscotch

Summer break may be winding down but the summer program at VU is showing no signs of slowing. Last week’s Field Day drew 8 kids and as many volunteers on a hot afternoon. Games of bean bag toss and horseshoes were fun, but the races and the water balloons were hands-down…

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Bugs, Lizards, and Snakes, Oh My

The kids are having  so much fun this summer! One evening last week was nostalgic for the volunteers and loads of fun for the kids with an evening of old-fashioned games. They learned to play hopscotch, old maids, spoons (I don’t even know what that is!), and jacks. They also loved air hockey and…

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Mixed Emotions

As the year comes to a close for homework assistance, the volunteers and students have quite an array of  emotions. Honestly, I hear there were some tears in the parking lot–and from the adults!  The students are of course looking forward to summer–no school and hopefully the fabulous VU summer program. The volunteers…

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Still Going Strong

Although the school year is winding down, homework help is going strong until it ends on May 31 for the year. It’s great to see the kids still coming and the volunteers maintaining their commitment even when the weather is gorgeous. In fact, we have added several new students recently, and…

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Quince Años! Happy Birthday Vecinos Unidos

VU celebrated its 15th birthday last week by recognizing the volunteers who give so generously of their time to make the program successful. As we were setting up for the  lovely dinner at Connections for Hope, the 22 students–who celebrated with cupcakes earlier in the week–and 8 volunteers in the adjoining rooms were…

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Time to Think

The past week of homework assistance at VU has been calm, with a ratio of students to volunteers that allows us to get close to the one-to-one climate that we like so much. Students have been able to get their work done, read for 20 minutes, and then play some educational games.…

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Spring Things

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. The extended daylight means that students can come to VU to do their homework and still have time to go outside and play afterward–and that’s perfect. Seems that students and their parents think so too, because we have been busy!…

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Warm Weather Brings Out Students

It has long been a theory at VU that warm weather means fewer students coming for homework assistance,  for the obvious reasons. But that clearly doesn’t always hold true! Last night, 24 students–more than half of our roster–and 11 volunteers came to the program. It was a happy busy group doing homework and…

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