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Chromebooks at CRLS

CSV Volunteers at CRLS took a crash course in the Cambridge Public School district’s digital equity program, called CRLS Connects, on Thursday, November 15. The cornerstone of the initiative is the Google Chromebook, which presenter Paige Graves called “an internet machine with a keyboard.” Software cannot be downloaded to the Chromebooks and there is almost no local storage space for documents on the devices.

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CSV earns Guidestar Gold seal

CSV is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 charity, committed to transparency. Donations to CSV are tax-deductible and further our mission: to support the academic and personal success of Cambridge Public School students. CSV accomplishes that mission by designing programs that match caring, competent adult volunteers with students. These volunteers act as tutors, mentors, and Reading Buddies. We are pleased to announce that the agency once again earned

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Voracious Readers

Cambridge School Volunteers’ Reading Buddies program applies the efforts of more than 160 caring, trained volunteers to instill a love of reading amongst Cambridge public school students who are on the cusp of becoming independent readers. In our Reading Buddies program, CSV pairs each 1st-, 2nd- or 3rd-grader with an adult for a biweekly or weekly 30–40 minute read-aloud session. CSV collaborates closely with teaching staff at

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Spotlight: Susan Reynolds

Intrepid cyclist Susan Reynolds joined CSV last year to direct our Reading Buddies Program and this fall takes on the role of KeyPals director as well. Both programs leverage the volunteerism of our corporate partner employees and generosity of the employers themselves. Reynolds is no stranger to the joys and triumphs of the beginning reader, having taught for 25 years in pre-K as well

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Training Workshop for High School Volunteers

Are you one of our wonderful volunteers at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School? Are you curious about this year’s distribution of Chromebooks to all CRLS students? What does it mean for helping your student(s) succeed? You’re invited to our upcoming workshop on November 15th on the topic of the CRLS Connects initiative (Chromebook distribution). Register for the workshop here. Details about this as well

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CSV Tutoring Center at CRLS Shifts Spot

We are pleased to announce that effective immediately, after-school tutoring for high school students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School will meet in Room 2407.  This is the classroom right across the hallway from the CSV Tutoring Center’s school day and before-school location (room 2403).  This location provides a larger space and allows students, teachers, and tutors to find us more easily. We need

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Webster Gives Back

Webster Bank opened a new branch in Kendall Square on September 26, 2018, at the same time donating $1,000 to Cambridge School Volunteers. The donation recognizes the value of the organization’s work supporting the academic and personal success of local public school students. “It’s very important to support education,” said E’atimad Rizk, Banking Center Manager at the new 100 Binney St. location, who noted

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Teams Work

This fall Cambridge School Volunteers is pleased to welcome several academic teams into our fold in K–8 and high school programs.  A crew of graduate students from Harvard University’s Earth and Planetary Sciences (in photo) came to our kickoff orientation in September. MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering, which is already a corporate partner in our NetPals program, has expanded into the realm of elementary

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A New NetPals Director

Having taught middle school immediately after leaving college and parenting four students in the Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge School Volunteers’ new NetPals director is thoroughly steeped in experience with these critical years of adolescence. Meg Ramsdell accepted the position as director of CSV’s NetPals program in early October, after serving for two years as a program coordinator for NetPals and Learning Centers, another upper

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Come On Board!

We’re excited to be welcoming new school volunteers this month! There are still plenty of openings in our fall orientations, and there are even orientations in December coming up.  Please join us at an orientation (see calendar, below). If you have questions you’d rather have answered in person before signing up for  an orientation, you might want to drop in to one of our

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