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In2Books (ePals Foundation)
August 4, 2012

I am a former English teacher. I used to teach 2nd, 5th, and 6th grade. I had to retire early for my teaching career, so I was excited about working with a girl in the fourth grade. We read the same books and reviewed them. I know that we were both so excited to receive letters from each other. I feel as though I got to know my epal by relating real life experiences to the stories we read. While she was improving on her writing skills and her knowledge of reading, we were also forming a kind of friendship that wouldn't have happened without Epals. My epal had a wonderfully developed sense of humor that showed in her written letters. I have enjoyed it so much, that I am looking forward to meeting a new epal friend.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The teacher had the students write letters, but they didn't always fit the time line I was given. I can understand it may be difficult to stay on schedule with a whole class. As I understand it, a student can't get their letter from their epal until every student has received a letter. That may be one reason my epal and I were on different books at times.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

My volunteer experience allowed me to feel like I still had a hand in a classroom. I so missed working with children, and this allowed me to enjoy what I love best about teaching.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I was so excited to work with and learn about my epal. I felt like there was not a good sense of closure at the end of the year because our timing seemed off. I know we both enjoyed writing and getting to know each other.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I read the same books as a fourth grade girl. We would write letters about the book via email. I was to ask thought provoking questions and help with her writing skills.