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Posts by Melissa Phillips

Festival and Frosting

The holidays are in full swing at San Diego Refugee Tutoring. We hope that you will join us this week for our last tutoring session on 12/17. San Diego Refugee Tutoring supports over 150 refugee students. We want to see our kids thrive academically. We also want them to have typical American experiences that they…

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Stories of Growth: Nyunt

This is one of our many “Stories of Growth” in our latest Giving Tuesday Series. Nyunt is hardly recognizable as she has blossomed from a little girl into a teenager during her time at SDRT. She is adamant about attending tutoring regularly in order to get help with her homework and to “have a good…

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Stories of Growth: Ahmed

This is one of our many “Stories of Growth” in our latest Giving Tuesday Series. Ahmed never attended school prior to arriving in the U.S. Even after his arrival, due to medical concerns, Ahmed began his formal education at home. He was in sixth grade, and he started by learning the alphabet. He was in…

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Stories of Growth: Samani

This is one of our many “Stories of Growth” in our latest Giving Tuesday Series. Samani is known for his quiet demeanor, consistent effort, and regal smile. It was just six years ago that he found himself in kindergarten in the U.S., learning a brand new language and culture. It was just six years ago…

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Stories of Growth: The Paw Family with the Lawrences

This is one of our many “Stories of Growth” in our latest Giving Tuesday Series. One of our favorite tutor-student “pairs” is the Paw and Lawrence families. We have seen them literally grow up together — the three Paw girls, and the Lawrences’ two children alongside them. These two families have tutored each other in…

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Stories of Growth: Hassan

This is one of our many “Stories of Growth” in our latest Giving Tuesday Series. When Hassan first joined SDRT, he needed to practice his reading consistently, but as with most kids, video games and soccer were much more appealing. That changed when he met Katie, his “favorite tutor of all time”. Katie was an…

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SDRT Thanksgiving Feast

If you had a chance to join us last night, you felt the joy in the room. It was a spectacular evening of smiles, amazing food, and quality time with family- the SDRT family. It’s an extraordinary family- it extends beyond age, culture, language, and so much more. About 275 of us gathered to share…

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Stories of Growth: Habon

Habon

This is one of our many “Stories of Growth” in our latest Giving Tuesday Series. “I want to go to university!” Habon exclaimed this without hesitation when she began eighth grade. A few years ago, Habon’s dream was supported by her tutor, who diligently printed out PSAT exams, lent her a laptop, and pushed her…

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Stories of Growth: Suheib

This is one of our many “Stories of Growth” in our latest Giving Tuesday Series. Suheib’s height rivals that of many tutors as he is the big man on campus completing his last year of elementary school. If you met him, you wouldn’t guess that when he first joined SDRT years ago, his little feet…

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