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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 “I learned some English [in Ethiopia] but could not understand much when I came here…You can’t imagine how horrible I felt not being able to explain what I wanted to say…MDSC_5051y first [CSV] tutor, Doris, helped me to improve my English and writing, but beyond that, we developed a mother-daughter relationship that formed my early experiences in the U.S.” Gebreegziabher, who received tutoring for four years and help with the college application process this year, went on to observe that now, “I have completed not only honors classes but also Advanced Placement courses…My story does not stop there. After getting so much help, I decided to become a [volunteer] tutor.” She concluded, “The tutors are my role models because they give their time and love for free in order to help us.”  Colby-Sawyer College recently offered Gebreegziabher a place in its entering freshman class, with a full, four-year scholarship. Cambridge Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeffrey Young praised CSV honoree Louise Adler, CSV’DSC_5037 copys former president from 2006 to 2013. Adler, who continues to tutor at the high school, is a twenty-year veteran volunteer of the organization. “What person is it that spends twenty years tutoring and seven years on the board?” Superintendent Young asked. “Thank you, Louise, for your lasting effect on all of us.” Adler endorsed the quality and scope of CSV’s program, asking the audience to spread the word. In addition to Gebreegziabher, Adler, and Young, speakers included Daniel Leonard, Senior Manager at Genzyme; Jennifer Fries, Executive Director of CSV; and David Maher, Mayor of Cambridge. DSC_5281The CRLS Jazz Ensemble, a trio composed of three students and teacher Ken Gable, provided music. An ensemble of young dancers from the Amigos-Cambridgeport Community School’s Latin Dance Club performed for the gathering. CSV will devote the funds raised last week to expanding the city’s upper (middle) school volunteer and mentor programs. The organization launched Learning Centers for the four new schools serving 6th through 8th graders in 2012, following the city’s “Innovation Agenda” restructuring. More than 100 students have received free tutoring in the Learning Centers. During the 2012-2013 school year, CSV also expanded its legacy e-mentoring program, Netpals, to connect every seventh grader at Rindge Avenue Upper School and Cambridge Street Upper School with a mentor who works in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) career. The nonprofit organization is currently working to enable every public school 7th grader to have a NetPals STEM mentor, a goal it hopes to reach by 2016. Genzyme, a Sanofi Company, was the presenting sponsor and host of CSV Now!  Other sponsors included: Patron Sponsors – Fresh Pond Mall and Harvard University; Supporting Sponsors – Cambridge Systematics, Draper Lab, David A. Kluft, Esq. of Foley Hoag, Lesley University, MIT, and NSTAR; Friend Sponsors – Alexandria Real Estate, Bryn Mawr Bookstore, Cambridge Savings Bank, Cambridge Trust Company, CambridgeSide Galleria, Citizens Bank, East Cambridge Savings Bank, and Hong Kong Restaurant; and Advertising Supporter – Holly Donaldson, Realtor, of Coldwell Banker.