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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 are featuring the e-Buddies group from Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona. Group leader Jill W. answered our questions.

How long has your group been involved in e-Buddies?
Marcos de Niza has been involved with Best Buddies for about 6 years.

How many members are currently matched with e-Buddies?
We currently have four students matched.

What are some key challenges you have faced and overcome?
Out of the four students matched this year, two of them do not have a computer at home. It is difficult to find the time during the school day to work on the computer.

How do you make e-Buddies work with your group?
We've been able to turn e-Buddies into an educational endeavor by practicing correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, idea generation, and paragraph formation among many other things.

What have your group members gained by participating in e-Buddies?
The students in my class LOVE to get on their accounts and check to see if their e-Buddy has emailed them. It's such a confidence builder to know that someone cares enough to be emailing them. It reminds me of the feeling of getting a handwritten letter in the mail. Seeing junk-mail and bills addressed to you are meaningless, but when that envelope with the handwritten address is in the stack of mail, it's always the first one opened. The same is true for the e-Buddies participants. Often times, the e-mail from their e-Buddy is the only item in their inbox. Pretty special.

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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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