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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Small Victories

As one of the board members on duty for the Monday sessions, I am usually busy supervising instead of working directly with a student. Yesterday, I rotated off doing the sign-in and worked with two of our 4th graders who had the same homework. It was a list of 15 math…

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Giving Tuesday: You’ve Found the Perfect Gift!

Greetings friends and neighbors! The board members at VU hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a happy holiday season. We are so grateful to have been working with students in the community for more than 17 years and look forward to continuing to do so…

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The Holidays Came Early to VU

This week when we entered our office at the Neighborhood Resource Center, we were greeted by multiple packages that arrived from the wonderful employees at Customer Value Partners. All VU had to do  was provide a list of new book titles that we knew our students would love to read–and they fulfilled our…

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Authors at Work

Guess what? VU students are writing a book! For the next few weeks as soon as they finish their homework and reading, students will be working on a draft to contribute to VU’s first book of student work. Using one of several prompts created for them or going off under the…

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It’s Project Season

Hard to believe we are halfway through the first semester of school, but interims have started appearing for some of the kids. We’ll keep them working hard to improve in all areas but especially those where they need help the most. A few projects have cropped up so far too. VU has lots of resources…

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What’s Your Favorite After-School Snack?

VU added milk to the menu last week along with the snacks we have been serving each day. It disappeared so quickly! The kids also love the turkey and cheese sandwiches we make a couple of times a week and serve along with fresh fruit. Other days feature yogurt, fresh fruit, raising,…

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Getting Settled

Along with our returning students, we have welcomed five new learners to VU homework assistance. We have a waiting list with lots more kids on it, and we are continually reevaluating whether we can add more according to the number of volunteers available to support them and the physical space…

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Happy Reunions

The first week back has been a happy reunion of volunteers and students! It’s so heartwarming to greet students and see the big smiles on their faces when they come through the door and see the familiar setting and friendly volunteers. Settling quickly back into the VU routine, students are enjoying…

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