Reflections From a Student Volunteer

VU would be nothing without its volunteers. We appreciate them immensely and love to have high school students volunteer because they relate to the younger students so well. Therefore, it‘s particularly gratifying to  share this reflection from a college student who volunteered with VU from the time she was a high…

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The Joys of Volunteering

Actually, I can’t think of a time when I didn’t enjoy my hours at VU homework assistance, but two things last night brought especially big smiles to my face. One of our students who came to us when school started very unprepared to learn at the first grade level has captured our hearts…

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The Prize Is Learning

The students have moved into their third grading period, and VU is still going strong! As they proudly brought in their report cards and selected a small prize for remembering to do so, we reinforced the value of what we do.  I’m pretty sure the kids get the message that…

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Busy Behind the Scenes

Fairfax County Schools have been closed for a few days in the last two weeks for holidays and teacher workdays, but VU board members and volunteers have been busy behind the scenes. Some folks explored new books, the board members held their monthly meeting, and the board president made the word eggs…

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Homework Done=Time for Educational Games

Even the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the kids who keep on coming to get help with their homework, read, and play games. Seventeen students and 16 volunteers turned out on a rainy Wednesday, and after working diligently to complete their assignments and read to volunteers, most students had time to play some…

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Embracing the New Year

Many folks determine to make changes in a new year; some succeed, some don’t. VU made a big change and did so with gusto. The two nights that homework has been open in the new year in the new space brought 16 and 19 students and 11 and 12 volunteers respectively. It appears that the…

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New Year, New Space

So much has happened in the last few weeks! During the week before the winter holiday, volunteers prepared gift bags for students and distributed them on the final day of homework for the year. You can see from the smiles on their faces how much it was appreciated.  That day…

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Scared of the Dark?

When it gets dark so early in late fall, I just want to stay inside after work. Fortunately, VU students are not afraid of the dark or deterred by it one bit. Nor are the dedicated volunteers. Monday night we had 16 students and 10 volunteers and on Tuesday we had 21 students…

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Brrrr. You Need a Hat!

Thanks to a generous volunteer/board member with nimble fingers, VU students will be a little warmer this winter and sporting some handsome hats.  When they bring in their report card, students get to choose from a selection of  30 handknit caps in a gorgeous rainbow of colors and patterns. With such variety, students are able to find…

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Going Strong

The leaves may be falling off the trees, but the attendance at VU isn’t dropping off at all! Last night, nearly the whole roster of students showed up! Twenty little scholars but only nine volunteers. I’m sure it was a little hectic, but thanks to all our great kids and volunteers, everyone got the help they needed. If…

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