The novel coronavirus has disrupted life to an acute degree, not only in the rates of mortality and sickness---serious enough by themselves---but also in the way we humans relate socially to one another. Nowhere is this disruption more pronounced than in the education of our young. The stops and starts of in-person primary and secondary education, of higher education, of simply education in general, seem without precedent. The move to online education, while necessary, has its own problems. Yet, the young want our attention. They need and require education. How can individuals help?
Lawrence University has a program for its students (called VITAL) to volunteer to tutor Appleton School District students (during this time, all tutoring is virtual). The university is now reaching out to members of the Fox Valley community to lend a hand. The program has received a deluge of requests for tutors (nearly 100 are on a waiting list). With that many requests and with not enough Lawrence volunteers to assist, the university is asking community people who are readers, writers, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners to help address the gap. Perhaps you are a person who wants to help.
To find out more about this worthy program, follow this link: https://www.lawrence.edu/students/volunteer/opportunities/ongoing/equal-access-to-education/vital.
To apply to be a VITAL tutor, click this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdae4CsaGAtJEFtaZC8ZaObFw_q5hVhefrbICrX0BW8Myz0zA/viewform.