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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Ride along with TEAM SDRT as we venture into the neighborhood to meet needs and get kids online and LEARNING. As we roll down the alley littered with scraps of plastic, discarded take-out and recent graffiti, we note the encampment one man experiencing homelessness has created just steps from their door. Which is also next…

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Our students are back in school, although it is online learning at home. We had a chance to share with our students at our Back to School Event that this round, things would be different. There will be much more instruction that is live, more work and mandatory attendance/assignments! Let’s suffice it to say it…

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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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We start virtual tutoring on Sept. 29th. We have work we need you to do before then! Calling ALL of our faithful returning SDRT tutors! We begin our 12th year tutoring at the end of September. We don’t know what this year holds, but we know one thing: we need YOU to come tutor our…

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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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Since we couldn’t have our Annual Field Day and Picnic, we forged a new way. Every year, usually on the hottest Saturday in July, Hope for San Diego teams up with SDRT to put on a huge field day and picnic for our kids and their families on Ibarra Elementary’s gigantic, grassy field. From water balloon tosses…

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Look what SDRT came up with to break up the monotony of the Covid season. Is it that special coffee, Thai takeout, a walk on the beach, or a socially distant visit with a friend–or some combination of small treats that are getting you through this isolating time? We are lowering our expectations and getting…

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We found a way to deliver treats that last longer than ice cream! The libraries are closed. We are also uncertain of when physical school buildings might finally open. But, we aren’t going to wait. SDRT believes that all kids need print-rich environments at home, which include lots and lots of actual books! From the…

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