University of Michigan (UM) student Alinda Bardell wanted to volunteer over the summer, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, in-person volunteering was largely impossible. She then had the idea of becoming an online tutor; now she and more than a dozen UM students are offering free online tutoring for low-income families. “We all know that lower-income families have been hit harder than anyone by the pandemic…We want to give back in the best, safest way we can: by helping kids perform better in school for free,” Bardell said. Demand was light, initially, but is growing, and Bardell plans to recruit more tutors in the future. “I think this program is great because, eventually, I believe our tutors will learn that as much as we help these kids, they really help us too,” said Johanna Bozic, another tutor.

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