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Cambridge School Volunteers Honored At Annual Mack I. Davis Event

(L to R): Bill Sullivan (Volpe National Transportation Systems Center Reading Buddy, Kennedy-Longfellow School); Denise Han (Classroom Assistant, Fletcher-Maynard Academy); Matthew Weiss (IBM KeyPal, Kennedy-Longfellow School); Rose Mallard (Kenneth Neal Award, CRLS, ELL); Gail Lemily Wiggins (College Planning & Essay Writing, CRLS); George Kent (Tutoring Center, CRLS); Patricia Almeida (Intergenerational Math Program, MLK, Jr. School); and Jennifer Fries (CSV Executive Director). On May 10,

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Genzyme Reading Buddies Honor an 11-Year-Old Author

MPS Awareness Day and Reading Buddies. The agenda for Reading Buddies, the student/mentor read-aloud program pairing Genzyme  employees with 2nd graders from the Fletcher-Maynard Academy, took a slightly different path last Tuesday. Rather than having the 2 nd graders choose the books for their adult buddy to read, each adult read the same book to his or her student: Hi, My Name is Allison

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Lectores Fiesta-Books and Lunch!

Students reading Spanish with their Reading Buddies. The students from Luisa Quintanilla’s second grade Amigos School class were definitely excited as they lined up two-by-two just outside the lunchroom door, anxious to head inside for the upcoming Fiesta. As she raised her hand and signaled, there was a sudden hush, and students began entering the lunchroom. The annual year-end Lectores y Amiguitos (Spanish-speaking Reading

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King Middle-Schoolers Seek Out After-School Math Support

It’s Monday, 3:45 pm, and the regular school day is ending at the MLK Jr. School on Putnam Avenue. Fifteen minutes later, a number of 6th- 8th graders reappear in Room 304 for after-school academic support in math. Typically, at least 10 students attend the homework help sessions that pair local undergrad and grad students with middle-schoolers who are apt to falter in math

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Watch out, world for Sophomore Ruth Densamo!

Watch out, world – Cambridge Rindge and Latin School sophomore Ruth Densamo is on a roll and advancing non-stop toward a career in science and engineering! Several of her recent accomplishments should shed some light. One of the youngest members of this year’s Science Olympiad team, Ruth met often with Novartis scientist Greg Paris, her CSV Science Olympiad advisor.  She also prepared for the

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Exciting News for Thursday’s Mack I. Davis Award Event!

Joining the list of notables coming to celebrate and thank this year’s 900+ CSV volunteers will be Paul Reville, Secretary to the Executive Office of Education in Massachusetts. Come meet Secretary Reville and hear his words of thanks and commitment to volunteer programs like CSV that work so tirelessly to enrich the learning of children in the public schools! Go here to register for

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Say hello to CSV Tutor Sharon McBride!

Sharon McBride has volunteered with CSV for five years, participating in the early literacy program as well as the Writer’s Workshop and Publishing programs with second and third graders. As a volunteer, Sharon brings her own personal knowledge as a writer, and her love of children’s theater where she spent several years working as a puppeteer. She has a degree in children’s literature and

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Say hello to CSV Tutor Susan Milmoe!

Over the years, Susan has had several different experiences as a CSV volunteer. As soon as she retired as an academic publisher in 2005, she was delighted to be able to resume volunteering. Her first assignment was tutoring a second grader from Haiti in reading and writing. By the end of fifth grade, her amazingly bright tutee, Leah, had aced the MCAS, tied for

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CSV Celebrates its KeyPal Partners with a Gala at Genzyme

Current MIT KeyPal Site Coordinator shown with (from L to R): Paul Parravano (MIT Co-Director of Government and Community Relations); Jennifer Fries (CSV Executive Director); Ellen Avery (Draper Lab KeyPal Site Coordinator); Gretchen MacDougall (IBM KeyPal Site Coordinator); and Faraneh Serino (IBM KeyPal Site Coordinator).   Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) celebrated its commitment to the academic success of Cambridge Public School students at a special

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