For Old Time’s Sake

There are so many reasons that volunteering with VU is special–hundreds if you count all the children you work with over the course of many years–but one that always stands out is hearing from or seeing former students and young volunteers. VU has been fortunate to have many high school…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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