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Posts by Melissa Phillips

Fruits of Your Support

It has been three weeks since we last tutored. But your work is producing fruit! Despite the news, it’s been a week full of joyful moments at SDRT as we have had the privilege of delivering (safely, and within CDC’s health guidelines) exciting packages to students and their families. TEAM SDRT put together and delivered…

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Stay Tuned For a New Date

We wish this weren’t the case, but we must postpone our gala for now. Although we were so looking forward to a great party celebrating our students, families and community, we have decided not to continue the SDRT Inaugural Gala on April 17, 2020 due to government mandates and public health precautions regarding COVID-19. Our…

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The Latest at SDRT

From postponing Bike Day to distance learning, read what is going on at SDRT this week. Though our students (and tutors) would love nothing more than to get some fresh air and exercise right about now, we must postpone our Annual Bike Day that was planned for April 4th. We are so bummed. We hope…

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Good News We Can All Use

We know there is a lot of bad news out there but here is some good news to cheer you up! A gigantic thank you to all of you who shipped us items, donated online, collected items from your friends and family and drove loads to City Heights last week! TEAM SDRT received groceries, cleaning…

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Responding to Covid-19

Since things are constantly changing, we are making plans for just one week at a time. Ibarra Elementary School, along with all San Diego schools, is now closed. It will be closed for at least six weeks (it’s a year round school). Many of our students rely on the school to provide them with two…

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Showing Up: It’s Twofold

We ask that you show up for the kids. But, you’re also showing up for you. At SDRT, folks may begin tutoring with us to show up for our kids. But, in time, they realize that they often get equally if not more out of the experience themselves. On April 17, 2020, we are having…

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We’ve Got Talent!

Our students and tutors alike had the privilege this weekend of participating in the City Heights Runners’ 5K and Fun Run at North Chollas Community Park in City Heights. Not only did we bring enthusiasm to the competition, we also brought some kids with legit running skills. We were flabbergasted as we arrived at Ibarra…

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Our Kids in the Spotlight

Outside The Lens presented ‘Where The Light Travels: Portraits of San Diego Refugee Students’ – a collection of collaborative portraiture and audio interviews this weekend. It was an extraordinary night as forty students and tutors showed up at the Outside the Lens Photo Exhibition featuring our very own kids. Our kids were all engaged as they learned…

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UT’s Community Spotlight: SDRT

Thanks to Drew Schlosberg of the Union Tribune and Kim Bauman of One Love Movement, for inviting us to be featured as one of the non-profit organizations on UT’s recent “Community Spotlight” podcast! Listen in as board member and High School/Middle School Lead, Mimi Lee, shares about the mission and vision of San Diego Refugee…

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A Better Arithmetician Than Me

Here’s what motivates this committed tutor to keep coming back as a volunteer at SDRT. Written By: Stephen Gilmour I first heard about SDRT in the summer of 2017. A friend and coworker told me about a tutoring program that he had joined. He told me about a boy from Syria with whom he had…

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