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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Numerators, denominators, and improper fractions, Oh my!

 Last Thursday was math night, with a healthy dose of word study thrown in (Fridays are spelling tests).  We had a great time with 22 students and 10 volunteers. Thanks to Mr. Bob for his succinct rules for changing improper fractions to mixed fractions. Good thing we had oranges, fruit…

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We All Get an A+

Once again, homework assistance was a busy place–but manageable–with 18 students and 11 volunteers. Good news from student S who got an A+ on her math test.  She’s worked hard, and so have many volunteers who helped her along the way.  D forgot her homework (it happens sometimes), but still read…

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

What do you do when you have 28 students who need to get a healthy snack, do their homework, and read for 20 minutes and only 10 volunteers to get it done? Everyone takes it in stride and juggles multiple homework assignments. Patience abounds. When it comes to reading,  it’s…

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Rainy Days and Reading

There was thunder and lightning outside the Vecinos Unidos classrooms last week, but inside, it was dry and cozy.  After everyone finished their homework, they settled in with a favorite book.  It’s customary for students read to a volunteer  for 20 minutes each night, and all the adults were busy…

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Back to School–and Homework!

Ever since the September 12 start of the 2011-12 homework assistance program at Vecinos Unidos, the volunteers and students have been going full speed. Students are getting help with their math, language arts, social studies, reading, and more every Monday through Thursday. And after all the homework and reading are…

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Summer is Over

The Vecinos Unidos Summer Program just concluded, and was a great success!   With cooking lessons, Mad Science presentations, reading and field trips, students kept their academic skills sharp while still having fun.   Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers who assisted with the program. School is starting….won’t you join us?…

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