BLUFFTON, Ohio — Thanks to a new educational program and social media, student teachers at Bluffton University in northwest Ohio are finishing out their semester through a study buddy program. The program, which is set to help kids with schoolwork during the stay-at-home order, has blossomed into something much bigger than anticipated.
Just a couple of weeks in and the handful of student teachers from Bluffton University are maximizing their final semester before heading out into the real world to teach. So far, the experience has stretched their creativity and kept them on their toes. During the week, five-year-old Franklin reads to his new study buddies, who are looking to become teachers soon. His dad, Jack Hutchins said he's grateful for the opportunity. "Yeah he's not been out very much the past couple of weeks. He's just kind of been hanging around the house because of the Coronavirus." He's one of about 15 to 20 kids that log into the Bluffton University Study Buddies site each day from across the country. All of them are getting help with schoolwork and other skills.