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
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.
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
See the full gallery on Posterous 1) Amy Tung speaking at the CSV Now event. 2) Tung and Lopes-Smith in 2008 3) Tung and Lopes-Smith in 2012 4) Tung with her medal. Question – How many sophomores in high school could deliver a speech with poise and eloquence in front of several hundreds adults? The answer: Amy Tung could and did, at the recent
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
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
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