A Generous Gift

A big thank you to the Westfield High School Spanish Honor Society  for making Vecinos Unidos the recipient of their December fundraising! Carolina Sosa, president of the WHS Spanish Honor Society, presented VU with $330 in gift cards that the members collected during December. The cards will be used for healthy snacks…

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VU Is Back…and Then It Snowed!

After a long break, kids and volunteers returned to VU on Monday 1/5/15 ready to start a new year of learning. And then it snowed! VU is not open today 1/6/15 because FCPS closed in the face of inclement weather.  Let’s try to get some traction on Wednesday and get…

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Valuing Volunteers

Second grading period is underway, and the students have shown up with lots of homework this past week. They have a long break for the winter holiday this year, so I guess they are going to earn it with some intensive learning. Good thing the VU volunteers are up to the…

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VU Warms Your Heart

At least a couple times a week for three or four years, his little head would peek around the doorway to the homework room, eyes wide, looking for his big brothers. All the regular volunteers knew that adorable face and often told him that one day he would come to…

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No Tricks, All Treats

Although once in a while a student likes to play a funny trick on a volunteer, it’s mostly just treats at VU homework assistance. It’s a treat when a student:  Says, “I can do it” or “Oh, I get that” Wants to read “just one more page” Says “thank you” Helps another…

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Time to Learn

Things at homework assistance have been humming along so smoothly! With an influx of new volunteers, there are enough people so that  volunteers can spend individual time with students when they need it and accomplish much more than homework. VU has quite a collection of books; educational aids, such as…

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Motivation

Two weeks in and things are humming along at homework assistance. The students are motivated and the volunteers are too. We have a room for students in grades 1-3 and one for students in grades 4-6, so on the nights that we have 17 or more students, there is often a pleasant…

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Opening Day

Opening day of Homework Assistance finally arrived last week! Our anticipation was almost as great as those who wait for opening day of baseball or football season, but we think the start of homework is even better. This is our 17th year of service to neighborhood students and our roster…

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Preparing for Opening Day at VU

Although the lights were out at VU over the summer, the folks behind the scenes were not idle! Members of the board updated registration forms and handbooks for students, parents, and volunteers. We put our book collection back in order after a busy school year and added popular titles that…

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What a Great Year

When VU closed for the year on May 29, it was the end of a wonderful year of growth and learning  for both the students and volunteers. Some students started off the year shy and struggling with reading or math and ended up more-confident learners who worked through problems and…

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