Jodi Maroney was a volunteer and U.S. marine veteran who dedicated herself to San Diego Refugee Tutoring for five years. Her warm smile, willing heart, and generous spirit were familiar to the tutors and students alike and showed when she came early, left late, and made sure she tutored some of our most difficult students.…

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As the school year draws to a close, we concluded our Fun Friday trimester with two amazing activities for our students: 3D Shapes and Secret Codes and Mini Rockets! They were the perfect finale to what has been an incredibly fruitful year of Fun Fridays through the pandemic–and even through Ramadan! A big thank you…

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At SDRT, Fridays are always fun. Students continue to look forward to the crafts, recipes, experiments, or activities that are planned specially for them and delivered straight to their door. This month, we had three incredible groups of volunteers lead three activities: journals and origami bookmarks, jellyfish crafts, and rice krispy treats. Our very own…

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Tracy is one of our most dedicated and passionate volunteers. She has always had a special heart for the high school students at SDRT and shared some of her thoughts and experiences with us. I joined SDRT a few years ago and very quickly realized it was a place I wanted to invest my time.…

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The past four Fun Fridays have literally been BLASTS from our students’ homes with bubbling science experiments run by bona fide scientists! For two weeks in a row, the Scripps Women in Science (WiS) group led our 3rd-5th graders and then our middle schoolers in a series of science experiments. The lava lamps were big…

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We’ve already had three Fun Friday events this trimester! Our first was a middle and high school Boys’ Night where our teen male students came together on Zoom to make egg mcmuffins. Our very own volunteers, Garett and Cameron, led the session with much success! The quote of the night from one of the students:…

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SDRT would like to express their immense gratitude to Dr. Curtis Chan DDS and his team of specialists for their pro bono dental services given to one of our very own high school students! Dr. Chan was the dental provider for this student all year long, even through the financial and logistical challenges of COVID.…

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This past week, SDRT hosted its very first Girls’ Night edition of Fun Friday! With the end of 2020 approaching, we wanted to check in with our middle and high school girls to hear about what has been frustrating, exciting, or difficult about this year and what brings hope in the year to come. We…

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SDRT’s Thanksgiving Feast is arguably one of the BEST events of the year because it actualizes one of SDRT’s core values: community. Imagine families of volunteers and students alike sharing a traditional Thanksgiving meal together in Ibarra’s multipurpose room; mountains of mashed potatoes and carved turkeys and chickens resting in Crock Pot jacuzzis connected to…

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Difference can be uncomfortable because it can spawn anxiety and fear of the unknown. One tutor named Maria was nervous about tutoring with SDRT because of the vast differences in language, culture, and experience that she had with our students. After tutoring, however, she learned that the differences were opportunities to be creative and that…

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