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HWC News

First "Literacy Class" a Success

Fifteen eager adult tutors gathered at the facilities of  the Unitarian Universalists of San  Mateo  on Saturday, March 1 for Homework Central's first "Literacy Class". The 2 1/2 hour session was led by Priscilla Smyth, a 4/5 grade teacher from Horrall Elementary School.  For the past  three years, Priscilla has conducted our successful "Math Classes" for Homework Central tutors.

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Thank You Peet's Coffee!



Over $2,000 was raised and donated by Peet's Coffee at Bay Meadows in San Mateo. From December 17th through December 24th, families and friends were invited to purchase coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, and donate to Homework Central.


Funds raised will help Homework Central hire additional bilingual high school or college student interns. These Spanish-speaking interns work with students on their homework and help site coordinators communicate with Spanish-speaking parents and guardians. The new interns will be a huge help to every site.


Thank you Peet's Coffee Bay Meadows for choosing to support Homework Central as your 2013 non-profit!

Celebrations at Homework Central Sites



Every site had an exciting end to the 2013 year. At the Martin Luther King Center, students had a pizza Christmas party on December 18th and a cookie decorating event the following day. Each child also received a gift card to Target stores. Thank you Charles and Earline Douglas and Holly Miner for making these events possible.



Twelve children from the Unitarian Universalist site and their chaperones were treated to see Bay Pointe's performance of The Nutcracker. Each child had a favorite part and enjoyed the trip. Thank you Sheila, a volunteer tutor, for making this possible. In addition to the ballet, Homework Central children from the UU site were "adopted" by the UU congregation of San Mateo and each child was given a personalized gift. A festive celebration was held as well.



At Sunnybrae Elementary School, children attended a Christmas party where everyone was given a gift. This site also played games and had a Multiplication Bee with prizes for students.



On December 16th and 18th, Park Elementary School site students enjoyed surprise gifts including a box of crayons, a box of colored pencils, a doodle pad, and a pocket-sized travel notebook. Thank you Sandra and the Hardy family for these presents. A little celebration was held on the final day before winter break.

HWC Presents Math Madness Night!

Can math be fun??  You bet it can! Come to HWC's Math Madness Night and pick up some new math skills while at the same time having a blast with our math contests and fantastic prizes.  A great educational and fun night for the entire family!

When: Wednesday January 29, 2014,  6pm - 8:30pm  (Dinner served at 6:45)

Where: Congregational Church of San Mateo, 225 Tilton Ave, San Mateo, CA

See you all there!

Celebrate with Peets Coffee and Homework Central!

The employees of Peets Coffee, located at 1020 Park Place (next to Whole Foods) in San Mateo have voted to hold a week long fundraiser to support the important work of Homework Central. Please join us on Tuesday, December 17 – Tuesday, December 24 at this Peets location. Purchase coffee, tea or hot chocolate and make a donation to Homework Central. It’s easy and Peets will match donations raised up to $1,000.00. Please spread the word to friends and family. We look forward to seeing you.

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