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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Not Another Snow Day!

I know, kids love them and everyone has to be kept safe, but we’re missing so much VU! It’s been busy the last few weeks with about 15 kids or more each night. And we adding more from the waiting list as fast as we can. We’ve seen such progress with…

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New Year’s Appreciations

Instead of resolutions, VU is focusing on appreciations. So many folks helped us out in 2013 with volunteering, donations, and services that we have to express our gratitude! The VU board is so fortunate to have delightful  students and dedicated volunteers and the great services of the Neighborhood Resource Center and Cornerstones…

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Wish List

There’s an air of excitement at VU this week leading up to the winter break. Homework for some has been light, but others are working on multipart projects. Last night I helped one of our students write a four paragraph essay about a biography he read, one of several components of…

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It’s Project Time!

What a busy few weeks it’s been at VU homework assistance. Attendance numbers are up and steady, so having 15-19 students each night is getting to be standard. Keeps the volunteers on their toes! Second quarter must also be project time, because many of our students have been working hard to create…

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Grab Your Coat and Get Your New Hat!

Every quarter during the school year, students are required to bring  their report cards to VU. We review all the cards, which enables us to see the progress that has been made and the areas where additional work might be needed. As an incentive for bringing in their report card, student…

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