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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It’s Report Card Time

VU has been collecting report cards so that we can keep track of how all the young scholars are doing. As with all of us, each student has areas of strength and areas they need to continue to work on, with additional support from VU volunteers. It’s so rewarding to see the…

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Capacity to Grow

Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers, Vecinos Unidos has had a successful first quarter. Children are coming regularly as they need help, and our new students and volunteers have become valued members of the VU community. But we can’t rest on our laurels! We have a waiting list of…

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Homework on Halloween

Halloween is a unique holiday in many ways, but especially because school and homework don’t stop. Monday night, 13 students and 9 volunteers made sure that work was done before trick or treating began. It was a fun, quiet evening with time for reading and even some games. The hardworking students even got some…

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Why Being a Volunteer Matters

I have been a volunteer with Vecinos Unidos for 10 years. During that time, I’ve worked with a lot of different students and have been fortunate to see some “ah-hah” moments when a child makes a breakthrough and grasps a new concept or finally understands something they have been struggling…

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Taking Time to Connect

Sometimes the best part of VU is after homework and reading are done, and there’s time to do a word scramble or play hangman or another game. Comparing and finding the differences between two pictures is also a popular activity. That time is as important as anything else at VU: it’s when students …

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