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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Alexa Lawrence has been volunteering with SDRT for over 5 years. She has made a beautiful connection with the very first students she tutored at SDRT ever–three Karen sisters. In her story below, Alexa recalls a moment at tutoring when she realized that the eldest of the three sisters was an artist, writer, and aesthete.…

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Quality education is so much greater than books, calculators, pencils, and white boards. Quality education requires quality relationships with students because healthy relationships foster community, confidence, hope, and belonging. At SDRT, we prioritize building relationships and trust with our students and their families as one part of our efforts to bridge educational gaps for our…

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Francine is one of our 2020 high school graduates. One evening, she told us the story of her childhood, and it seems like an incredible tale that one would only watch in a movie or read about in a gripping novel.But it’s her life.She allowed us to share her story with you… Francine’s family is…

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