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Miami Dance Club

Join us on Friday, April 26, at 6:30-10 PM, at Lunder Arts Center, Lesley University, for Miami Dance Club, our fundraiser to benefit Cambridge School Volunteers. Enjoy Cuban Food and drinks, the dance music of DJ iParty Right, and the chance to catch up with friends and neighbors, all while supporting the free programs of Cambridge School Volunteers. Learn more and reserve your tickets

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NetPals Field Trip to Philips

On Thursday, January 17, 2019 the whole seventh grade from Cambridge Street Upper School (CSUS) went on field trips to meet their NetPals at local companies in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. NetPals is a six-month program planned collaboratively by the science teacher at the school, Ms. Erika Riddington at CSUS; Cambridge School Volunteers’ NetPals Director Meg Ramsdell; and our corporate

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Volunteers on Volunteering

Does volunteering have a positive impact on volunteers themselves? Numerous health research studies have given more and more weight to the beneficial effects of volunteering on mental and physical health, life satisfaction, social well-being and depression. How do Cambridge School Volunteers perceive their experience? CSV’s volunteers range from engineers, young professionals, retired teachers, and STEM doctoral candidates to members of local undergraduate athletic teams

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From a New Volunteer

woman with glasses and round yellow and red earring smiling

Despite all of the work I have done with children, I was really nervous to be matched to a middle schooler for Cambridge School Volunteers’ tutoring program. CSV’s Learning Centers run in the afternoons at five upper schools in Cambridge. I didn’t like middle school when I was in it, and I wasn’t sure I would be able to help much with that age

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Luz-Margarita: the power of mentorship

Dear friends, Can you make a difference for local students this year? A gift to Cambridge School Volunteers ensures that students who don’t have “an in” still can “get in”: into the college or career of their dreams. A mentor or tutor can give the attention and care that enables a student to flourish. Students like Luz-Margarita. Last year, college sophomore Luz-Margarita came back

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Chromebooks at CRLS

chromebook distribution crls

CSV Volunteers at CRLS took a crash course in the Cambridge Public School district’s digital equity program, called CRLS Connects, on Thursday, November 15. The cornerstone of the initiative is the Google Chromebook, which presenter Paige Graves called “an internet machine with a keyboard.” Software cannot be downloaded to the Chromebooks and there is almost no local storage space for documents on the devices.

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CSV earns Guidestar Gold seal

CSV is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 charity, committed to transparency. Donations to CSV are tax-deductible and further our mission: to support the academic and personal success of Cambridge Public School students. CSV accomplishes that mission by designing programs that match caring, competent adult volunteers with students. These volunteers act as tutors, mentors, and Reading Buddies. We are pleased to announce that the agency once again earned

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Voracious Readers

Cambridge School Volunteers’ Reading Buddies program applies the efforts of more than 160 caring, trained volunteers to instill a love of reading amongst Cambridge public school students who are on the cusp of becoming independent readers. In our Reading Buddies program, CSV pairs each 1st-, 2nd- or 3rd-grader with an adult for a biweekly or weekly 30–40 minute read-aloud session. CSV collaborates closely with teaching staff at

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Spotlight: Susan Reynolds

Susan Reynolds Director of Reading Buddies and KeyPals Programs

Intrepid cyclist Susan Reynolds joined CSV last year to direct our Reading Buddies Program and this fall takes on the role of KeyPals director as well. Both programs leverage the volunteerism of our corporate partner employees and generosity of the employers themselves. Reynolds is no stranger to the joys and triumphs of the beginning reader, having taught for 25 years in pre-K as well

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Training Workshop for High School Volunteers

Are you one of our wonderful volunteers at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School? Are you curious about this year’s distribution of Chromebooks to all CRLS students? What does it mean for helping your student(s) succeed? You’re invited to our upcoming workshop on November 15th on the topic of the CRLS Connects initiative (Chromebook distribution). Register for the workshop here. Details about this as well

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