Cambridge School Volunteers Announces Jennifer Fries As New Executive Director

Jennifer_Fries.jpgSeptember 2, 2010 - Cambridge, MA: Cambridge School Volunteers, Inc. (CSV), a not-for-profit organization started more than 40 years ago by a group of public school parents, announced today the appointment of Jennifer Fries as their new Executive Director.

“Cambridge School Volunteers matches volunteers with kids of all needs and levels of learning.” said Louise Adler, CSV’s Board President. “CSV ensures that all children in the Cambridge Public Schools have the attention they need to excel academically and personally. Together, CSV volunteers bring the richness of our community’s intellectual and cultural life to all students. We are thrilled to have Jennifer come back as our new Executive Director, because we know that her energy, experience, and commitment are what our community’s kids need now.”   

Superintendent Jeffrey Young said, “Cambridge Public Schools is deeply grateful for CSV's long-standing and deep commitment to our students. In addition to the daily tutoring and support the volunteers provide, we view CSV as a key partner in building a strong sense of community which extends beyond the door of the schoolhouse. I speak for our entire staff when I say we look forward to working with Jennifer Fries to develop the potential for adult volunteers to meet the learning needs of our diverse student body."

As Executive Director, Fries will lead the organization in its efforts to recruit, train, and place more than 900 volunteer tutors and volunteers within the Cambridge Public Schools. CSV’s volunteers work with students from junior kindergarten on up to 12th grade, in every elementary school across the city, as well as at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, the city’s public high school. CSV volunteers assist in the classroom, tutor students who have fallen behind or who need that extra help in their AP classes, read aloud to promote love of books, coach Science Olympiad and other enrichment activities, promote math literacy, provide career mentoring, share their love of music and the arts, and even help first generation students to apply for college.

Fries’ management background was extremely attractive to CSV. She is an experienced fundraiser, a 2005 graduate of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Cambridge public school parent. Fries’ background includes community involvement and work with a number of education, non-violence, and anti-poverty groups. Fries most recently headed up fund development and policy for One Family, Inc. From 2002-2004, Fries was Executive Director of CSV. Fries’ daughter attends the Amigos School.       

Fries said, “I am thrilled to be returning to CSV. Today, education is the key to our community’s vibrancy and growth. More than ever, we need to ensure that there is no achievement gap between our kids, and that we convey high expectations for all children.  CSV’s volunteers give kids the boost they need to succeed and excel in math, reading, science, and the humanities.  From the retired college professor to the biotech whiz kid, volunteers bring something special to the classroom.”  

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