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e-Buddies in Action!

Each month, we are happy to take the time to highlight a school or agency that is involved in e-Buddies. Our hope is that this will be an opportunity to share some of the challenges and triumphs encountered through group participation in e-Buddies!

This month, we spoke with Rob of West Chester East High School in Pennsylvania.

How long has your group been involved in e-Buddies?
Our classroom has included the e-Buddies program for the past seven years. Several of the students have continued with their e-Buddy matches over the years.

How many members are currently matched with e-Buddies?
We currently have eleven matches.

What are some key challenges you have faced and overcome?
Several of my students are interested in writing their e-Buddies every day, but with how the program in incorporating into the classroom, they instead participate every Wednesday.

Some of the challenges our group works through include: reading/ comprehending what their e-Buddies have written them, writing, proofreading and typing their e-mail responses, and with what to do if an e-Buddy has not written.

In regards to the reading and comprehending, the students paraphrase the e-mail details with assistance as needed, to an adult to ensure understanding. If there were any questions, we underline them, so we make sure a response is given. When a special topic is brought up in an e-mail such as a college/ university, a restaurant, a movie, or a vacation spot, the students will look up the item on the Internet to gain understanding. When the group responds to the e-mails, they first complete a written first draft. With the draft, the students will proofread and make changes with assistance/ guidance as needed.

One of the biggest challenges involves when a student has not received an e-mail from an e-Buddy. When this happens we talk about feelings and about how there times during the year that everyone gets busy. My students will write each week. If there has been an extended time when an e-Buddy has not written, I have contacted the e-Buddies staff and have been very satisfied with the outcomes.

How do you make e-Buddies work with your group?
Our group participates in the e-Buddies program on Wednesdays, which gives the students a week of activities or thoughts that can be included in the e-mails. If a student is absent or we have community-based trip scheduled, we will participate on the next available day. We are fortunate to have several computers in our classroom, but some of the students prefer to write their e-Buddies from the computer lab.

What have your group members gained by participating in e-Buddies?
The benefits of participating in the e-Buddies program are numerous. The students are developing their communication skills, their computer skills, developing friendships, and learning about other areas of our country. Our class loves e-Buddies!!!!!

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Do you work with a group of e-Buddies participants? We'd love to feature your group here! Please contact us at ebuddiescomments@bestbuddies.org.


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