Archive for Events

VAST Activities: Halloween

On Friday, October 31st, VAST Scholars had the opportunity to participate in several festive activities. Some scholars participated in drama and chess, and others carved pumpkins outside with their mentors.
VAST also hosted special guests from Vassar UNICEF. The UNICEF members talked with scholars about UNICEF’s work with children, and passed out Trick or Treat for […]

VAST Activities: Vassar Women’s Soccer

On October 17th, VAST scholars and their parents were invited to attend a Vassar College Women’s Soccer game. VAST scholars were included in the pre-game huddle with the team, and ran the sidelines during the game as ball girls!
VAST thanks the Vassar Women’s Soccer and Basketball teams for this awesome invitation! We had a great afternoon!


VAST Activities: Squash and Volleyball

On 10/10/14, the VAST Scholars came to Kenyon Hall at Vassar College to play volleyball and squash. The scholars were split into two groups, with girls playing squash and boys playing volleyball. Thanks to the Vassar coaches and players of the squash and volleyball teams for teaching and playing with our scholars!

Last Day of VAST (Spring 2014)

Sadly, the last day of the VAST program occurred on May 5. The VAST school year ends early because May 5 is the last day of classes for our Vassar student mentors.
To celebrate our last day, we had an 8th grade graduation ceremony at Poughkeepsie Middle School. At the end of our last day, we […]

VAST Career Night

On Wednesday February 26, VAST scholars and families were invited to Vassar College to attend a Career Night panel. The panel featured community members from various professional careers, including Teaching, Art/Graphic Design, Construction, Restaurant Management, and IBM Engineering. Our panelists answered questions such as:
-What is your job? Describe your typical day at work.
-What education, if […]

VAST Activities: Olympics

Friday, February 7 was the first day of VAST’s spring semester. We were scheduled to start on Monday, February 3, but snow storms in Poughkeepsie delayed us.
To celebrate the first day, which was the same day as the Opening Ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, VAST held our own version of the Olympic games. […]

Last Day of VAST (Fall 2013)

Sadly, our last day for the semester was Wednesday December 11. Instead of normal tutoring, we had a party day to celebrate everything we’ve done together. Our mentors and scholars had so much fun spending time together before the Vassar tutors left for their winter vacation.
Check out the different activities we had available for our […]

VAST Activities: Trip to Vassar

The last day of VAST for the semester was Friday, December 6. To celebrate all of our accomplishments so far, VAST went on a field trip to Vassar College.

The VAST students are always excited to go on a trip to Vassar and see something new. For this field trip, we saw two different parts of […]

Science Night at Vassar

On Tuesday November 12, VAST hosted a family event about the wonders of science. Vassar College Chemistry Professor Christopher Smart led a demonstration teaching chemistry concepts to the scholars. Professor Smart was very dynamic and fun to watch. The show ended with ice cream for the audience made from liquid nitrogen– very cool!

The VAST audience […]

VAST Ice Cream Social

VAST kicked off the school year with an ice cream social event at Vassar College for families to come learn about the program. We were lucky enough to get an ice cream donation from Stewart’s Shops for everyone to enjoy.
We had an incredible turnout- over 25 families came to sign up for VAST! Rachel and […]

VAST Celebrations (Spring 2013)

To celebrate the end of the 2012-2013 school year, VAST had two final celebrations.
On May 6, the last day of VAST, we had an 8th Grade Graduation ceremony. We handed out certificates to the 6th and 7th graders to thank them for participating in VAST this year, and we gave special certificates to the 8th […]

Poughkeepsie Middle School and Vassar College working together!