Bonus: Science Experiment!

Look who’s experimenting! VU students love the high school volunteers who share their time with us, especially when one of them comes up with a cool extra. One of our long-time high school volunteers planned and executed a science experiment with help an assistant from the Children’s Science Center, located…

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Turtles, Lizards, and Snakes, Oh My!

Wondering what other wonderful fun we had at VU summer camp? The reptiles were a favorite of mine. Thanks Reptiles Alive! LLC for a great presentation. The kids loved it. Some of the volunteers may have been less than thrilled, but they didn’t let it show. We all learned a…

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What’s the Word?

What’s new at VU? Or maybe I should say what’s “gnu” at VU? 🙂 The letter of the day was launched this past week to help all of our students, but especially the younger ones, add to their language arts skills. We recently added new students and several of them…

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Happy Reunions

The first week back has been a happy reunion of volunteers and students! It’s so heartwarming to greet students and see the big smiles on their faces when they come through the door and see the familiar setting and friendly volunteers. Settling quickly back into the VU routine, students are enjoying…

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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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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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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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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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