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MIT Puts Books in the Hands of Kids

Fifty years after our founding, we at Cambridge School Volunteers have a lot of practice in creating deep community connections. But another local institution, MIT, is commemorating a century of community connections in Cambridge. For its 100th anniversary of moving to Cambridge, MIT has celebrated in style, running a series of open houses, service events, and community drives. CSV was grateful to receive the

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Happy birthday to us!

Happy 50th birthday to Cambridge School Volunteers! “Through the years CSV has been integral to supporting our school partnerships that pair volunteers with our students. They have opened doors to many opportunities to our students that they wouldn’t typically be exposed to.” Kathy Walsh Malone, Teacher, Kennedy-Longfellow School In 1966, a group of Cambridge mothers—Mary Samp, Florence Mintz, Bette Rae Preus, and Marsha Stainton—came together

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Happy New Year to Our Corporate Partners!

We at Cambridge School Volunteers look forward to an invigorating second half of the school year in 2016, thanks to the contributions of mentors and tutors who are employees of these local, national, and international businesses. On behalf of the students you take under your wing, Happy New Year to you all.


KeyPals Completes its 20th Year!

  Lisa Van Vleck, CSV’s Director of Corporate Programs, remembers it well. Kenny Neal (former teacher and assistant principal) and Lisa were meeting with Kathleen Granchelli of Draper Laboratory, when Kenny hatched the idea of an e-mail communication partnership. It would emphasize English Language Arts through correspondence between 8th graders and employees of local Cambridge companies. “Let’s call it KeyPals,” she recalls him saying.

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Kris Newton, CRLS Science Teacher and Science Olympiad Coach, Receives Kenneth S. Neal Award from CSV

Kris Newton receiving her award from Laura Margosian, Director of High School Programs Kris Newton began her teaching career 23 years ago at CRLS. She serves as Physics Teacher and Instructional coach for her colleagues. Past her modest demeanor, Kris possesses an extensive background of accomplishments. Kris holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School

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CSV Party Raises $24,000 for Upper School Programs

Cambridge, MA  March 14, 2014 – Supporters of Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) raised more than $24,000 last week to fund expansion of mentoring and tutoring for Cambridge middle school students. The Kendall Square party hosted by Genzyme brought together students, teachers, and donors to the organization from all over Greater Boston. Feben Gebreegziabher, a CRLS senior who addressed the crowd of over 200, said

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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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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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CSV Welcomes Two New Board Members

Above, new board member Charles Wyzanski and his daughter Tamara (CRLS class of 2005) Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) welcomes two new members to its board of directors: MIT-affiliated Anya Alexandra Bear and long-time Cambridge resident and attorney Charles M. Wyzanski. Bear has been with MIT’s Office of Government and Community Relations since 2008, collaborating with a broad range of Cambridge non-profits and institutions around

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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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