Mentor

College Ready Program about to Begin…

Wondering how you might give some useful time to a high school student for the next several months? We have the answer for you: the College Ready program at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS)! To become involved with this exciting program, read on. CSV is currently recruiting volunteers to help seniors with the college preparation and essay writing process. The program officially begins

Read More »


KeyPals Completes its 20th Year!

  Lisa Van Vleck, CSV’s Director of Corporate Programs, remembers it well. Kenny Neal (former teacher and assistant principal) and Lisa were meeting with Kathleen Granchelli of Draper Laboratory, when Kenny hatched the idea of an e-mail communication partnership. It would emphasize English Language Arts through correspondence between 8th graders and employees of local Cambridge companies. “Let’s call it KeyPals,” she recalls him saying.

Read More »


To Sit Still and Think

Dr. Susan Pollak, clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, recently presented a “Mindfulness and School Stress” workshop to volunteers, teachers, and Cambridge parents. Cambridge School Volunteers hosted Dr. Pollak’s workshop as part of Cambridge’s Screen-Free/Screen-Wise Week 2014, Cambridge’s version of national Screen-Free Week. The program began with an introduction on school stress by Paula Feynman, the school district’s academic challenge and enrichment manager. Did you miss this workshop? You can

Read More »


Tutoring Center Honorees in the News!

Tutoring Center Manager Rene Meshon and Volunteer Nancy Gutmann CSV applauds two very special individuals, Rene Meshon and Nancy Gutmann, for being honored recently by the Cambridge Senior Volunteer Clearinghouse. Cambridge Mayor David Maher and Clearinghouse Co-Founder and Chair, Bob Hurlbut, presented both with awards for their outstanding contributions to the students and seniors of Cambridge. Rene was presented with the Beverly Benner Cassara

Read More »


Meet Stand-out CRLS Volunteer and Mack Davis Winner, Catherine Doyle

Catherine Doyle Receiving a Mack Davis Award from Laura Margosian, Director of High School Programs During Catherine’s five year tenure with CSV, she has volunteered an average of five hours a week and with at least six Cambridge Rindge and Latin School students per year. Catherine specializes in reading, writing, and college counseling. She tutors ESL students twice a week in our Tutoring Center

Read More »


Genzyme’s Dan Dineen Honored with a Mack Davis Award!

Dan Dineen receiving his Mack Davis Award from Lisa Van Vleck, Director of Corporate Programs Dan Dineen is Genzyme’s longest serving Reading Buddy, having been a Reading Buddy at the Fletcher Maynard Academy (FMA) for 13 of his 17 years at Genzyme, where he works in international operations. The classroom at FMA is a short distance, but a long way, from his desk where

Read More »


CSV Party Raises $24,000 for Upper School Programs

Cambridge, MA  March 14, 2014 – Supporters of Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) raised more than $24,000 last week to fund expansion of mentoring and tutoring for Cambridge middle school students. The Kendall Square party hosted by Genzyme brought together students, teachers, and donors to the organization from all over Greater Boston. Feben Gebreegziabher, a CRLS senior who addressed the crowd of over 200, said

Read More »


89 Seventh Graders, 89 Adult Volunteers, and 65 Pizzas!

Excitement was in the air as every 7th grader from the Rindge Avenue Upper School (RAUS) convened at Bertucci’s Restaurant following their on-site visits to the three local corporations that are once again participating in NetPals. This special program, managed by CSV, pairs adult mentors from Cambridge Systematics, Vecna Technologies, and Grace with 7th graders from RAUS. This year, 89 adult volunteers are mentoring

Read More »


Let Your “Inner Scientist” Out – Volunteer for the Science Olympiad Team!

In this era of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), there is nothing more exciting for some CRLS students than to engage in and prepare for the annual Science Olympiad (S.O.) competition. This year’s competition includes more than 20 events that range from Bungee Drop to GeoLogic Mapping, from Forensics to Mystery Engineering. Join this year’s team of S.O. volunteer advisors and help the

Read More »


Getting to Know Margaret Stevens, Reading/Lunch Buddies Mentor

Many people think that CSV volunteers work solo, doing one-to-one tutoring in different K-12 classrooms, and actually, they are correct. Others think that the weekly or bi-weekly mentoring that is done by groups of colleagues from various corporate work sites around Cambridge is the focus of what CSV does. They would be right, too. By getting to know Margaret Stevens, one certainly finds what

Read More »