King Middle-Schoolers Seek Out After-School Math Support

It’s Monday, 3:45 pm, and the regular school day is ending at the MLK Jr. School on Putnam Avenue. Fifteen minutes later, a number of 6th- 8th graders reappear in Room 304 for after-school academic support in math. Typically, at least 10 students attend the homework help sessions that pair local undergrad and grad students with middle-schoolers who are apt to falter in math

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Watch out, world for Sophomore Ruth Densamo!

Watch out, world – Cambridge Rindge and Latin School sophomore Ruth Densamo is on a roll and advancing non-stop toward a career in science and engineering! Several of her recent accomplishments should shed some light. One of the youngest members of this year’s Science Olympiad team, Ruth met often with Novartis scientist Greg Paris, her CSV Science Olympiad advisor.  She also prepared for the

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Exciting News for Thursday’s Mack I. Davis Award Event!

Joining the list of notables coming to celebrate and thank this year’s 900+ CSV volunteers will be Paul Reville, Secretary to the Executive Office of Education in Massachusetts. Come meet Secretary Reville and hear his words of thanks and commitment to volunteer programs like CSV that work so tirelessly to enrich the learning of children in the public schools! Go here to register for

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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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