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Work that deepens your community involvement

Please spread the word.  CSV is looking for a part-time Program Coordinator to work in our upper (middle) school programs.  Do you know someone who is looking for a job that will deepen his or her community involvement? Please spread the word!  The job posting is here: http://www.csvinc.org/news-events/jobs/upperschool/  


Meet Maggie Pancost – Mack Davis Winner!

Maggie Pancost’s 10-year tenure as a NetPal coincides with the 10-year lifetime of the Novartis NetPals program, now at the Cambridge Street Upper School (CSUS). The coincidence is not surprising. It takes volunteers like Maggie to give a program like NetPals the resilience it needs to survive for ten years. Maggie was nominated by Pam Shwartz, lead NetPals teacher at CSUS. As described by

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Meet Jay Mahoney – 2015 Kenneth S. Neal Award Winner

Jay Mahoney was nominated for the Kenneth S. Neal award by a Rindge Avenue Upper Campus (RAUS) parent for his inspiring work as a 7th grade science teacher and his willingness to take on the hard work of coordinating the RAUS NetPals program. The work of running a successful NetPals program starts with successful teaching, an ability which was recognized last year when Jay

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Volunteer Sam Seidel Receives Mack Davis Award

There are individuals who make giving back to their community a way of life. For those individuals, rolling up their sleeves to get involved at the ground level comes naturally. Such a person is volunteer, Sam Seidel. For five years, Sam has tutored in three separate CSV programs, sharing his passion for teaching and learning. His support roles have included tutoring with CSV’s Early

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Mack I. Davis Awards 2015

Background jazz music by the CRLS “Delivery Boys”; savory hors d’oeuvres provided by Harvard University’s Public Affairs Office – CSV’s host for the event; the snapping of photos by thrilled family members; hugs and congratulations to so many, from so many; a rotating slide show of this year’s school volunteers; a dance performance by the CRLS Ethiopian Club – all of it reflected the

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Gratitude & National Volunteer Week

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh Today is the middle of “National Volunteer Week,” but here in Cambridge, we like to think it lasts year-round. We do pause in the spring, every year for the last twenty-five years, to spend an afternoon thanking the tutors, mentors,

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K-8 Orientation

Join Kasey Appleman in Room 2407, CRLS, for a K-8 orientation


NetPals program featured in Wicked Local

CSV’s NetPals program was recently the subject of a feature story, “Cambridge’s NetPals program pairs students with scientists,” in the Cambridge Chronicle.  We are thankful to the companies that encourage this type of in-depth, one-to-one, on-going mentorship. Novartis’ Kara Cournoyer, the coordinator of NetPals volunteer efforts at the company, is quoted in the article, written by Nicholas Iovino: Cournoyer emphasized how important mentorship is

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March of the Ducklings

Every spring, CSV invites the community to come together to eat, drink, bid on unique auction items, and to support our programs for students in the Cambridge public schools. The 2015 CSV Now! event on Thursday, March 12 will honor Dr. Jeffrey Young, Superintendent of the Cambridge Public Schools. Will you be with us? Buy online or pay at the door.  We promise  a

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Mindfulness Resources for Academic Stress

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StillQuietPlaceThis list of resources on mindfulness emerged from a May 6th, 2014 workshop for volunteers, parents, and teachers. Cambridge School Volunteers hosted the workshop during Cambridge’s Screen-Free/Screen-Wise Week.

1. www.sittingtogether.com, the site for workshop presenter Dr. Susan Pollak’s most recent book, includes downloadable meditations here.
3. Mindfulness in Schools is a site suggested by Dr. Beatriz Meza-Valencia, who has been teaching mindfulness to students at several Cambridge schools as a volunteer.
4. Chris Willard, Child’s Mind.
5. Also mentioned at the workshop: guided meditiations for young children by Amy Salzman.
6. Read Dr. Pollak’s reflections about her CSV workshop here on Psychology Today’s blog. The blog post includes a full description of one technique.