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e-Buddies in Action!

Periodically, 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 feature our participants Holmen High School in Wisconsin. The group is led by Sarah Winn and other Holmen High School teachers. We thank everyone at Holmen High School for their efforts to bring e-Buddies to their students.

How long has your group been involved in e-Buddies?
This group has been involved in e-Buddies since 2004. There are currently five students matched in e-Buddies friendships.

What are some key challenges you have faced and overcome?
Our biggest challenge has been remembering to check in with our e-pal. We have gotten more than our share of "reminders" from Liz! The solution for us was to include more students in the program. In this way, we don't have to "remember" to check in. Writing to our e-Buddy became part of everyone's weekly Resource class.

How do you make e-Buddies work with your group?
Sarah, our assistive technologist, made us a "cheat sheet." It's called the "e-Buddies E-mail card" and includes the student's name, e-mail address, user name and password that we keep on the wall above the computers.

What have your group members gained by participating in e-Buddies?
The less obvious answer is independence. My students who have become proficient in using e-Buddies work with their friends who struggle to help them log in and write to their e-pals. This motivates both groups of students. The first group likes being helpful and in charge and the second group like having their friends work with them.

The students are able to use the assistive technology that they have learned to use for reading and writing in a functional, real life situation.

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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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