Big Brothers Big Sisters offers virtual program to expand reach

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After being forced to go virtual as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County realized they could finally offer a program for local public high school students – a program they’d previously lacked the resources for.

The new, virtual program will be similar to one already offered by the Greenfield-based nonprofit, in which students from Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) and Deerfield Academy are paired with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old living in Franklin County.

‘We’ve wanted to take this model with NMH and Deerfield Academy and transfer it into local public high school students,’ said Executive Director Jennifer Webster. ‘But because of transportation and available space, we’ve been unable to start those programs.’

Meals for the Northfield Mount Hermon and Deerfield Academy program are typically provided by Deerfield Academy, she added, which Big Brothers Big Sisters couldn’t provide without a ‘serious increase’ in cost.”

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