Mentor

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

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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

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Art & Science in One Takes 4th Graders and CSV Volunteers to Fresh Pond

A grackle, waves in the water, wind in the trees, a robin, cabbage white butterflies, an insect on a flower, a brown sparrow, a purple flower, a white flower with a green center, a pine cone, cat tails, lupines, rocks – these creatures and natural objects were on one team’s list during the first few minutes of a unique intergenerational excursion to Fresh Pond Reservation

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Sign up Now to Mentor CRLS Seniors with College Planning and Essay Writing!

Are you interested in making a difference for a senior applying to college? Do you like mentoring about career and college goals? Are you skilled in essay writing? CSV has scheduled its initial training event for interested college planning and essay writing tutors for Thursday, October 3, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the CRLS Library. Once you have been trained, weekly sessions with

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Welcome MassBioEd and Vecna as New Partners

CSV has been fortunate over the years to partner with some of Cambridge’s most innovative corporations. This past semester, CSV welcomed two new additions to its NetPals mentoring program – the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) and Vecna Technologies. And what a valuable resource each has become! Located in Kendall Square, MassBioEd is committed to supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education with

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Scrambled Eggs and iPads – KeyPals Breakfast at the K/Lo

On a recent chilly morning in February, every 5th grader from the Kennedy/Longfellow (K/Lo) School was warmed to the core at a special celebratory breakfast with their KeyPal mentors from Draper Lab, IBM and MIT. Many of the 25+ students brought their parents as well. KeyPals, a program directed by Kathy Walsh Malone, Technology Integration Specialist, and managed by CSV, pairs 5th graders and

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Extra Cheese and Extra Attention: Rindge Avenue Upper Campus Students Meet Their Science NetPals

It was a marvel of planning and organization – how to get 79 seventh graders from the Rindge Avenue Upper School to each of three nearby corporate offices that were hosting on-site events for the first NetPals face-to-face meeting! Thanks to lead teacher Jay Mahoney and other teacher chaperones, the walk from the school to the three venues was a success, and so was

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Mentoring + the Red Sox = Perfect Together

We have an update on one of our favorite mentor pairs.  Kira Arnott, a 2012 CRLS grad, took part in the College Planning and Essay Writing (CPEW) program during the 2011-12 academic year, working closely with with college mentor Courtney Cox.  Last spring, to celebrate the conclusion of another successful CPEW program that served 79 college-bound seniors, a party was held for all tutors

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CSV Off to a Strong Start but More Volunteers Needed!

More than 55 prospective volunteers attended CSV’s September kick-off event, a strong turnout according to executive director, Jen Fries. After a brief welcome by Fries, CSV’s soon-to-be volunteers divided into an elementary/middle school group and a high school group.  Both groups would spend the next 90 minutes learning more about the Cambridge public schools, the nuts and bolts of getting started as a volunteer,

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CSV Welcomes Two New Board Members

Above, new board member Charles Wyzanski and his daughter Tamara (CRLS class of 2005) Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) welcomes two new members to its board of directors: MIT-affiliated Anya Alexandra Bear and long-time Cambridge resident and attorney Charles M. Wyzanski. Bear has been with MIT’s Office of Government and Community Relations since 2008, collaborating with a broad range of Cambridge non-profits and institutions around

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