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“My great fortune to work as a volunteer…”

By Ken Shulman, CRLS College Ready Mentor, seen above with student Feben   In October 2013, I joined Cambridge School Volunteers. I’d lived in Cambridge for more than a decade, and was somewhat embarrassed at how little I’d given back to the community. I’ve worked as a professional writer, journalist, and filmmaker for more than 30 years. Perhaps my skills might be useful to

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Let Your “Inner Scientist” Out – Volunteer for the Science Olympiad Team!

In this era of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), there is nothing more exciting for some CRLS students than to engage in and prepare for the annual Science Olympiad (S.O.) competition. This year’s competition includes more than 20 events that range from Bungee Drop to GeoLogic Mapping, from Forensics to Mystery Engineering. Join this year’s team of S.O. volunteer advisors and help the

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Sign up Now to Mentor CRLS Seniors with College Planning and Essay Writing!

Are you interested in making a difference for a senior applying to college? Do you like mentoring about career and college goals? Are you skilled in essay writing? CSV has scheduled its initial training event for interested college planning and essay writing tutors for Thursday, October 3, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the CRLS Library. Once you have been trained, weekly sessions with

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Louise Adler and J.R. Dreyer Recognized

  Above, top, J.R. Dreyer and Louise Adler. Below, Mayor Henrietta Davis, J.R. Dreyer, and Cambridge Community Foundation’s Bob Hurlbut. On May 14, 2013, Cambridge’s Senior Volunteer Clearinghouse celebrated the outstanding service of several individuals who have given their time, talents and energy to enrich the Cambridge community. Veteran CSV volunteers J.R. Dreyer and Louise Adler were both recognized for their exemplary service to

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CSV Celebrates Its Volunteers At Annual Mack Davis Awards

On May 8, Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) honored its 922 volunteers who served in grades JK-12 of the Cambridge Public Schools during the 2012-2013 academic year. Hosted by the Harvard University Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs, the reception took place at the Gutman Library of the School of Education. After welcoming remarks by Executive Director Jennifer Fries and Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis,

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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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Say Hello to CSV Tutor Courtney Cox!

Courtney Cox works with committed students, guiding them towards achieving their academic dreamsand goals. Cox was a key tutor mentor in the CSV College Planning and Essay Writing Program (CPEW), andworked with students regularly from October through March as they crafted their college essays.Furthermore, she volunteered as an after-school one-to-one tutor as well as classroom assistant. Her CSV Tutor Courtney Cox works with senior

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Say Hello to CSV Tutor J.R. Dreyer!

Here, J.R. Dreyer shares a laugh with CSV’s Tutoring Center Manager Rene Meshon and his partner Jonathan Cutler. J.R. Dreyer has a long history with CSV, as this 2011-2012 school year will be his eleventh year of service. He has worked with a number of students over the years, both one-to-one as well as in small groups, providing academic support in CSV’s Tutoring Center.

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