Budding Artist Megan Shows Off her Winning Holiday Card

Congrats to Megan, a sixth-grader at the Rindge Avenue Upper School, proudly holding her winning entry in this year’s Cambridge Systematics Holiday Card Contest! The Cambridge corporation initiated the design contest several years ago and has partnered with sixth graders for 13 years in the NetPals program coordinated by CSV. NetPals is a mentoring project that links students and adult mentors via weekly e-mail

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Trainings–one of the Benefits of Volunteering thru CSV

December’s program-wide training event was a notable evening for CSV. It was a night of firsts:  the first time that five separate workshops were offered to attendees;  the first time that CRLS Guidance Counselors and CSV’s college planning expert shared the spotlight on a panel; and even  the first time that there were scrumptious desserts courtesy of Empire Boston (chocolate truffles and red velvet

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Program-wide Training: Come Eat, Learn, and Meet Other Volunteers

Join Us for a Free Training Event Thursday, Dec. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. CRLS School Library, 459 Broadway Supper donated by the Middle East Restaurant (http://www.mideastclub.com/) RSVP to 617-349-6794 New volunteers are welcome. K-3 Math Workshop – Games and Activities for Building Number Sense in Young Mathematicians. The new Common Core State Standards explicitly focus on the development of deep understanding of our Base 10

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Not All Tutors are Adults…Meet Peer Tutor, Eve!

Eve with Tutoring Center Manager, Rene Meshon If you’ve never been to the CSV Tutoring Center on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon after school, you’ve missed the buzz and activity of 23 student/tutor pairs as they work together in total concentration. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Eve is one of those tutors. She’s a CRLS junior, helping her peers in subjects she knows best –

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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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Q&A with Lee Hershey – CSV’s Inaugural Social Media Intern

CSV has been lucky to have the help of Lee Hershey, a volunteer who stepped forward to launch our blog and social media campaign this past year.  Now that Lee is moving on to new projects, we thought it was time to profile the voice behind our tweets, posts, and blogging.  We are sorry to see Lee go, but we are grateful for all

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FY12 annual report

Our annual report is ready to share. Last year, 830 volunteers gave 51,851 hours of tutoring, college planning and essay writing, and individualized support to students in the Cambridge Public Schools. With an operating budget of less than $400,000, CSV provided an estimated $2,592,550 of services to CPS in 2012. With your help, we can continue to add meaningful educational value to the youth

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Say Hello to CSV Volunteer Denise Han!

Denise Han with her students at Fletcher-Maynard Academy. The students created their own veterinary clinic, complete with costumes! CSV volunteer Denise Han feels that the first ten years are when children’s brains are wired to form relationships, crucial for “laying the groundwork…and having someone to be there for them.” As a volunteer teacher’s aide in a kindergarten classroom at the Fletcher-Maynard Academy, Denise is

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