Help VU by Clicking for a Cause!

VU has joined the Click for a Cause fundraiser at WTOP. Please take a moment to go to http://wtop.com/click-for-a-cause , find the VU logo, and click “like.” Our homework assistance program helps students in Herndon receive help with their homework, extra reading support, and math skills practice in a free after-school program.…

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Summer Success!

VU’s first full-day summer camp culminated in a fun-filled Field Day at Bready Park. After a picnic, kids ran sack races and 3-legged races, got gleefully wet during a water relay, and enjoyed cooperative games that challenged them to work together.  All together, 21 kids enjoyed 8 days of crafts, games,…

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First Full-Day Summer Camp at VU

Today is the first day of our VU summer camp at the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center! Nearly all of our regular homework assistance  students are coming and will do some writing and language arts review, crafts, a workout with trainers from Sport & Health in Reston, reading, games, and more! Thanks to…

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Summer Camp Ahead

Although school is not quite over, VU closed a little early because students are busy with SOLs and wrapping up the school year. Volunteers and board members are taking a small respite and then we will turn our energies to plan our exciting summer program!   We are trying something new…

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Steady On to the End of the School Year

Some homework sessions, it already feels like the last week of school, but other sessions, it’s clear that the last 5 or 6 weeks are going to be chock full of learning and homework. This week, the students in grades 4, 5, and 6 are busy taking their SOLs but…

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Giving the Gift of Time

  “We couldn’t do it without you.” That sentiment has never been uttered more sincerely  or appropriately than on April 16 at the VU volunteer appreciation dinner. All VU volunteers–from the president of the board to the newest homework helper–donate their time. And although everyone appreciated the lovely dinner and…

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Math Muscles

Quick! What’s 72 ÷ by 9? 42 ÷ by 6? 3 × 7? We have some students at VU who are getting lightning fast with their number facts–including one super speedy young man who gives us all a run with division–building their mathematics muscles and preparing for a great future. When we started adding 10…

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Reading Rock Star

VU is proud to have a certified Reading Rock Star in its midst! One of our second grade students, who has been coming to VU regularly all year, received a Reading Rock Start medal from his teacher for improvement in reading. He is so proud. His dad believes–and the volunteers do too–that…

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Where Are They Now?

When children age out of our program after 6th grade, we don’t often see or hear from them again–except for the few but fortunate circumstances where a younger sibling attends and we are able to stay in touch. Those of us who have been with the program a decade or more have…

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Pyramids, Pillars, and the Pantheon

Pyramids, pillars, and the pantheon were on the mind of third-grade students at VU over the past few weeks as they worked on their ancient civilizations projects. As the students dove headfirst into making their posters, volunteers also introduced the topics of planning and preparation. “First, let’s talk about what information do…

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