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Posts by Melissa Phillips

We Are Celebrating Anyway

Despite Covid-19, we found a way to celebrate our high school seniors! Even though we couldn’t attend our high school students’ graduation ceremonies in person, TEAM SDRT found a way! We made signs, bought balloons and flowers, and decorated our cars. Hope For San Diego and TEAM SDRT prepared thoughtful gifts for each graduate. We pulled up as a car…

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Keep On Keeping On

As our heads and hurts hurt for what is going on in our country, the work of SDRT continues… As we fight for educational justice for our students at SDRT, we acknowledge that they deserve so much more and we work tirelessly to bridge these gaps. We have seen so many tutors step up in some really huge ways this past…

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The Gaps Just Keep Growing

Our kids are in need of more support than ever with all the variables involved in distance learning. The Internet isn’t working, and my screen keeps freezing. I don’t know my username or password. This student hasn’t attended any of their Zoom meetings. What time are my teacher’s meetings? I have to wake up by…

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“We needed these!”

SDRT is busy in the community doing our best to meet needs as they arise. This was one student’s enthusiastic response when he laid eyes on the “Family School Supply Box” TEAM SDRT delivered to his porch this week. As it turns out, the kids’ needs are very great when it comes to being successful…

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Carrots, Masks, Hand Sanitizer, Oh My!

The needs are being met and we couldn’t be more thankful! From rallying friends and neighbors to buy items from our Amazon WishList to sewing masks for our families to visiting distilleries and bottling hand sanitizer, you have come through in the most generous of ways. We have never, ever seen so many packages in…

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“Do we get to keep them forever?”

Even though our tutors cannot show up at SDRT, they are supporting our kids in new, wonderful ways. Those were the words that this student asked at the sight of his new headphones.  He couldn’t believe “the tutors bought them for him to keep!” His siblings were excited too! And, they all found books in…

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How You Can Help Our Kids

It has now been one month since we have been at home. Read to find out how you can help our students and their families. After delivering food and/or hygiene supplies to 18 families and “Home Libraries” plus homework to 16 families this week, we are now running short on supplies. A month ago, many…

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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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