Say hello to CSV Tutor Sharon McBride!

Sharon McBride has volunteered with CSV for five years, participating in the early literacy program as well as the Writer’s Workshop and Publishing programs with second and third graders. As a volunteer, Sharon brings her own personal knowledge as a writer, and her love of children’s theater where she spent several years working as a puppeteer. She has a degree in children’s literature and

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Say hello to CSV Tutor Susan Milmoe!

Over the years, Susan has had several different experiences as a CSV volunteer. As soon as she retired as an academic publisher in 2005, she was delighted to be able to resume volunteering. Her first assignment was tutoring a second grader from Haiti in reading and writing. By the end of fifth grade, her amazingly bright tutee, Leah, had aced the MCAS, tied for

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CSV Celebrates its KeyPal Partners with a Gala at Genzyme

Current MIT KeyPal Site Coordinator shown with (from L to R): Paul Parravano (MIT Co-Director of Government and Community Relations); Jennifer Fries (CSV Executive Director); Ellen Avery (Draper Lab KeyPal Site Coordinator); Gretchen MacDougall (IBM KeyPal Site Coordinator); and Faraneh Serino (IBM KeyPal Site Coordinator).   Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) celebrated its commitment to the academic success of Cambridge Public School students at a special

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Math and Muffins for Peabody’s 6th Grade NetPals!

On March 15, forty-nine eager sixth graders from the Peabody School took part in the annual Math Breakfast, sponsored by their NetPal mentors from Cambridge Systematics (CS) and Grace Construction Products. Managed by Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) and now in its thirteenth year, the NetPal program pairs each Peabody sixth grader with an employee from CS or Grace for a year of e-mail exchanges

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MIT KeyPals Share Special Bond with K-Lo Students

MIT’s Aaron Weinberger and his KeyPal Get Acquainted Picture this scene: 22 fifth and sixth graders in a circle facing outward, surrounded by an equal number of adults facing inward, with the circles gently moving in opposite directions to allow for brief conversation. Was it a dance routine or unusual ceremony? Not at all! It was an icebreaker, carefully designed to enable students from

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IBM’s Mentoring Commitment Shines At K-Lo

IBM’s Melissa Turesky with her student KeyPal When we think of IBM, we tend to think “computers.” But 19 fifth and sixth graders matched with an IBM employee through the Kennedy-Longfellow KeyPal program learned recently that computers did not even exist 100 years ago when IBM started. Students and KeyPal mentors were treated to a special video on how IBM technology has changed the

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Draper KeyPals Introduce K-Lo Students to Engineering

Draper KeyPal Drew Crete has mentored many students.   Ask any of the 17 fifth and sixth graders matched with a Draper Laboratory employee in the Kennedy-Longfellow KeyPal program, and they’ll probably tell you that the “Hands-on Engineering Design Challenge” is the most favorite part of their yearlong mentoring experience. Students spend both semesters corresponding via e-mail with their corporate KeyPals, but the December

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Say hello to CSV Student Deneesha!

Meet Deneesha! This effervescent 17-year-old has been a satisfied customer at theCSV Tutoring Center since ninth grade when a teacher encouraged her to get help inLanguage Arts. Now a senior and applying to college, she reflects back on how threedifferent tutors have impacted her over the years. In ninth grade, Deneesha began working with a tutor on how to approach herassignments and class work

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CSV Now! Investing in Our Youth

See the full gallery on Posterous We invite you to come celebrate CSV Now! Investing in Our Youth. Join us Thursday, March 15 from 6-8pm at Genzyme Corporation in Kendall Sq for food, drink, music and silent auction. -Also featuring Amy Domini, CEO and Founder of Domini Social Investments -And honoring CSV Keypal Program Partners: Draper Laboratory, IBM and MIT -Live music by the

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