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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VU Back in Business

It was a great summer, but now it’s time for books, pencils, flashcards, and so much more! Two days in and we have registered all the kids from last year and seen most of their smiling faces. And our volunteer pool is so strong: we have our beloved veterans returning…

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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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Full Circle

So many wonderful things happen at the VU homework program, some big and some small. The primary goal, of course, is to help the kids do their homework and practice reading and math skills, but there’s so much more. We help them clean up and organize their messy backpacks and homework…

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What’s the Word?

What’s new at VU? Or maybe I should say what’s “gnu” at VU? 🙂 The letter of the day was launched this past week to help all of our students, but especially the younger ones, add to their language arts skills. We recently added new students and several of them…

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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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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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