Distance learning is tough. These hero high schoolers stepped in to help.

Distance learning is tough. These hero high schoolers stepped in to help.

When he’s not juggling his full load of advanced placement and honors classes, he’s involved with the Boy Scouts, Junior State of America, Model United Nations and Future Business Leaders of America. He’s placed first nationally in math competitions and got a 1580 out of 1600 on his SATs. But, being in quarantine gave him some extra time and an idea. “I had a little bit of difficulty adjusting to virtually schooling and I realized, other people are probably having the same issue -- especially younger students who rely on their teachers a lot more,” said Shah, a junior at John P. Stevens High School in Edison. He decided to start a tutoring service where high school students would be matched with kids in grades K through 8. It’s called Limitless Minds and it has conducted more than 320 tutoring sessions since April and now has chapters in Scotch Plains/Fanwood, Marlboro, Springfield and East Brunswick. “At the start I was thinking I could help one or two kids,” Shah said. “I didn’t expect it to become as big of a service as it has become now.” He started by reaching out to his friend Lina Liu, also a junior at John P. Stevens. Then they looped in their principal, Anthony Shallop, to help them pull it off. They made a flyer that was circulated to the grade schools in Edison. And Shallop helped them with logistics. “Our students that volunteer have to have a parent in room, as does the ...
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