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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May Days

We are starting out the final month for the 2013-14 year with great attendance. In past years, numbers of students have dropped off considerably in the waning days of the school year, but so far, we are seeing about 15 students each night and our volunteers are holding pretty steady.…

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Is It Finally Spring?

Well, it’s the end of the 3rd grading period, so it must be spring!  It’s hard to believe the year is flying by so fast. Of course, one look at the kids and you can tell that they have grown and matured a great deal. It’s such a joy to listen to…

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Giving Back

VU welcomes and enjoys the services of several wonderful high school volunteers and has many alumni at colleges around the country. The younger students love them, and we know that while the high schoolers are helping us out, they are also learning and growing in many skills they will need…

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Dare We Think It’s Spring?

As it gets warmer and more enticing to play outside after school, the VU volunteers will have to have lots of patience! Nice weather makes everyone get a little antsy to be stuck inside. All the more motivation for students to get all their work done at VU so they…

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Delayed Gratification

Working with children on their homework and skills requires a good deal of patience. There is nothing more gratifying than seeing a concept click or a skill mastered. So many variables affect the learning process that persistence and consistency are of parmount importance. This week I noticed a student (she’s in…

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Valensnow or Snowentine?

If predictions hold true, there will be snow for Valentine’s Day this year, so it’s a good thing that students have been busy making cards for their friends and family all week long! There’s nothing like some pretty paper, markers, and maybe some stickers and glitter to keep students busy…

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