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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Amigos 2nd Graders Matched with Harvard Reading Buddies

A new team of Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) students and employees completed their formal training and began their Reading Buddies role with all second graders at the Amigos School. About 30 new and returning volunteers have been coming via van to the Amigos School every week for the read-aloud sessions. Now in its fourteenth year, Reading Buddies has been a vibrant and

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Community Consulting Team providing pro bono support

Cambridge School Volunteers is pleased to announce that we were selected to work with a team of pro bono management consultants from Community Consulting Team to improve and modernize our recruitment methods. CCT’s team of consultants are alumni of leading business schools around the country, and they are bringing their MBA talents to support projects within several Massachusetts nonprofits, including CSV. The goal of

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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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Gift Books Highlight the Latest Reading Buddies Celebration

It’s always an exciting time when the Fletcher/Maynard Academy (FMA) second graders and their Genzyme Reading Buddies get together for the closing pizza party in celebration of a full year of reading books together. This year’s celebration was no exception. Students and “buddies” marked the end of their two-term partnership, begun while the students were in first grade, with lunch and a gift book

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Volpe Lunch Buddies Celebrate 15 Years Of Sharing Books with Students

Every other week, employees of the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center trek to the Kennedy/Longfellow (K/Lo) School to read aloud to every 2nd and 3rd grader at the school. This year, the program has reached a significant milestone – it is celebrating its 15th year! Since 1997, 414 Volpe employees, known as Lunch Buddies or Reading Buddies, have given up their lunch hour to

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New Schools, New Upper School Learning Centers

Layers of the earth…seventh grade fractions…reading aloud with one’s tutor…8th grade math homework…these were just some of the assignments being tackled by the 6th through 8th graders at a recent after-school homework session at the Vassal Lane Upper School Learning Center. Each student or small group was being carefully mentored by a tutor, trained and matched by Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV). When the school

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Save the Date for CSV Now! Thursday, March 14 6-8pm

Join us for our annual event and fundraiser hosted by Genzyme. This year we will focus on our Upper School Challenge to build strong learning center programs in each of the new Upper Schools (grades 6-8). Our challenge will support the Cambridge Public School’s Innovation Agenda. We hope you will join us to learn more about this important initiative and to help us raise

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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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