SCARSDALE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Two Westchester teenagers are taking tutoring to the next level in the age of coronavirus.
The sophomores saw an opportunity to help students struggling with online learning.
“I just want to help out. I know so many people are helping out and I just wanted to do my part and the best that I can,” says 15-year-old Julia Schnipper.
She and friend, Betsy Harris, started QuarantineTutors.org. They connect high school volunteers with elementary and middle school students struggling to adjust to the new world of education.
“All the parents, many of them are working at home now and they have youngsters that are just running around and they can't control them the fact that they can just sit in front of the screen and have a lesson, is just so easy for them and they have said great things,” Schnipper says.
The online sessions are done one-on-one and are completely free with a donation to Global Giving.
The girls are also planning summer sessions for things like magic and dance in lieu of summer camps.
“Some of my friends will just like text me after session like, ‘oh my god, the kids are so cute. I was able to teach him,’” Schnipper says. “It's just great hearing how eager they are.”