Volunteers Love Leap Year

Leap year is popular among those who born on February 29, but it’s also a great event because it gives volunteers one more day to work with the students at VU! Leap day was a busy one with 18 students and 8 volunteers. Not even close to our goal of one-to-one, but…

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Volunteer to Have a Great Afternoon

VU has been adding more students over the past few weeks and recent attendance has been steady with about 14 students each day–and an occasional spike to more than 20! That’s amazing and we love it, but to ensure that there’s someone to help each student with his or her homework…

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Report Card Roundup

All students who participate in VU agree to share their reports cards with us. They get a small prize for bringing them in–we get the gift of knowing how they are doing in school. For some, we find out that we need to dig a little deeper in their backpacks and memories…

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Did Students See Their Shadows?

On Groundhog Day, the furry critter saw his shadow and went back to bed for six more weeks, but it looks like students did no such thing because they are showing up at VU in strong numbers! Last night 17 students kept 9 volunteers busy as they did their homework…

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Reading Is Fundamental

Like Amazon or Netflix, VU is always acquiring new titles–for our reading cart! Last week through the joint efforts of Barbara and Bob, 25 new titles were added for the children’s enjoyment. Many of them are for beginning readers and given our voracious group of first and second graders, they will be…

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Roller Coaster Ride

VU has been on quite a roller coaster ride in January. Student numbers have been up and down ever since the holiday break. On consecutive days, numbers of students attending have been 2, 18, 10, 6, 26, 9 and 19. Last week the busy day was Wednesday. This week the busy days…

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Happy New Year!

On Tuesday, it seemed that the new year of homework assistance might get off to a slow start,  but Wednesday dispelled that notion! Last night 18 students and 6 volunteers, all so happy to see everyone again after the break, got down to work on math, reading, and social studies. Everyone behaved…

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Ho Ho Homework and Holidays

It may have been unseasonally warm outside last night but  inside was full of snow flakes and holiday cheer. Thursday was the last night of homework for 2011, and the VU elves gathered to help nine students with their homework and reading and say goodbye until 2012!. But it was a…

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The More the Merrier

December has gotten off to a great start for the homework assistance program and VU.  First, the VU board added a new member, Akanksha Raol. Akanksha is a microbiologist who has also taught eighth grade; her background and enthusiasm make her a valuable addition to the board and a wonderful…

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Feasting Is Over and We’re Back to Work

The Thanksgiving break was wonderful, and VU volunteers are refreshed and  back at work assisting students with homework. On Monday, another valuable lesson was learned as one of our young learners came in with directions for a project that was due on December 9. With the assistance of a volunteer, she was…

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