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Luz-Margarita: the power of mentorship

Dear friends, Can you make a difference for local students this year? A gift to Cambridge School Volunteers ensures that students who don’t have “an in” still can “get in”: into the college or career of their dreams. A mentor or tutor can give the attention and care that enables a student to flourish. Students like Luz-Margarita. Last year, college sophomore Luz-Margarita came back

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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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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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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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New spaces for CSV

Come say hello to us in our new spaces.  The enrollment at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School has gone up, and with it have come some changes. CSV’s main office has moved downstairs to Room 1105 of the high school. Our high school programs have also moved. The Tutoring Center will be in two spaces: Room 2403 from 7:30-2:30, sharing with the Workforce Program,

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CSV Launches Summer Pilot

Art & Science in One (AS1), CSV’s only outdoor program, earned recognition for outstanding environmental education from the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) in May. CSV was one of eight nonprofit organizations across the state honored with an EEA award. CSV is currently seeking new volunteers for a summer edition of the program (Application materials here; register here). View photos of

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Our Thanks on Behalf of Kids

At Cambridge School Volunteers’ ice cream social May 24, 2018, we honored the dedication of all our volunteers and our corporate partners, on behalf of the students of the Cambridge Public Schools and their families. Quite a few volunteers marked five-, 10-, and 15-year milestones with us. We were delighted to celebrate a rarity—a thirty-year mark—with veteran volunteer Tom McCorkle, who helps out Linda

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You are invited

You are invited to an Ice Cream Social to honor our volunteers in the Cambridge Public Schools and to present the 27th annual Mack I. Davis II Awards & Kenneth S. Neal Award. Come help us celebrate your dedication, commitment, and longevity with ice cream. Children are welcome. Ice Cream Social and Volunteer Appreciation Thursday, May 24, 2018 * 4 PM – 6 PM

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Four Robots and a Pizza

Above, NetPal volunteer Anthony Adams walks through the Vecna parking lot with his student. Jay Doyle, a senior embedded systems firmware engineer at Vecna Robotics, welcomed a pack of Rindge Ave Upper Campus (RAUC) seventh-graders to the company’s offices on Cambridgepark Drive on December 12, 2017. The visit was the start of a series of meet-ups between adult NetPals volunteers and public school seventh-graders that has

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CSV’s Grad Students on “Cultural Humility”

“Would you feel comfortable talking to your mentor about race?” That’s one of the questions that Cambridge Rindge and Latin School students who receive tutoring or mentoring from a CSV volunteer answered recently in a survey conducted by Colette Lima and Daniela Reyes. Lima and Reyes work as program assistants at Cambridge School Volunteers. Both women are master’s level social work students at the

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