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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 at Avon Grove High School in Pennsylvania. The group is led by teacher, Julie Donell. We thank Ms. Donell for her efforts to bring e-Buddies to her students.

How long has your group been involved in e-Buddies?
This is the first year that my group has been involved in e-Buddies. We started shortly into this school year and currently have 9 students matched in e-Buddies friendships.

What are some key challenges you have faced and overcome?
The first challenge we faced was learning how to use the e-Buddies program. The program was pretty easy to use, but we needed some practice with learning how to log on, checking our e-mails, and composing or replying to e-mails. Once we had that down, we then had to learn how to appropriately write an e-mail and respond to one. We had to learn what questions were good to ask, what information was okay to share, how to use proper grammar and punctuation, etc. Now that we have been using e-Buddies for a couple of months, each student is great at logging on and checking their e-mails with minimal adult support!

How do you make e-Buddies work with your group?
We set aside time each Friday during English to do e-Buddies. We spend about one class period checking and writing e-mails to our buddies. If we aren't able to get to it on Friday due to a trip, assembly, etc., then we make sure we do it the following Monday. We also have a resource period that we can utilize if a student wasn't able to finish during English class.

What have your group members gained by participating in e-Buddies?
My students have learned so much! They love the fact that they have an e-Buddy from a different state because it allows them to learn about a different part of the country. We are learning so much about how to compose and write letters to another person. This is a life-long skill and something that they won't solely be doing through e-mail, but through letters, thank-you cards, etc. They are learning how to use technology which is such an important part of today's society. What's most important though is that they are learning how to make a new friendship that has the possibility of being life-long!

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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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