(CNN)A few weeks into the coronavirus quarantine, 16-year-old Emmy Apfel was sitting at home in Palo Alto, California, with nothing to do. It was her school’s spring break, everything was canceled and the overwhelming boredom left her grasping for something, anything, to occupy her time. She posted an ad on the website Nextdoor, offering to help tutor younger students at risk of falling behind as schools shifted to online classes. Within 30 minutes, she had received 50 replies. “OK,” the sophomore thought. “We have to assemble the troops.” Apfel organized eight friends into a management team to tutor local students from kindergarten through eighth grade. They quickly turned it into a burgeoning nonprofit organization dubbed Beyond the Book. One of her friends built the new venture’s website in two days so parents and kids could sign up for Zoom tutoring sessions. Read More By mid-June, Beyond the Book was offering 200 weekly sessions for children run by more than 100 volunteer high school students, mostly in the United States, but one hailing from as far as Ireland. “I was very surprised (by the response),” she said. “I just wanted to give back to my community and find something to do.”… Read full this story
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