Call & Learn helping Hoosier students receive help from retired educators

The program helps connect K-12 students struggling with their coursework at home, with a retired Indiana educator. Subjects cover include math, science, language arts, and social studies.

Posted: Apr 23, 2020 10:58 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2020 10:29 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Over 200 retired Indiana teachers have come together to help students learning from home.

The Indiana Retired Teachers Association created Call and Learn, a help hotline K-12 students can call and get help with school work.

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Trish Whitcomb, the Executive Director of the IRTA says they were approached by Marion County City-County President to help students in Indianapolis.

The IRTA decided to take it one step further.

"It was such a great idea and I thought about the fact that there are literally hundreds of thousands of students in Indiana who do not have internet access or elearning access, so we made a statewide program out of it," Whitcomb said.

Students can get help in math, science, language arts, and social studies.

All they have to do is call (877) 45 STUDY (877-457-8839) between the hours of 1 and 5 p.m. ET on any weekday and they can get connected with the help they need.

In the first day alone, with very little mention of the program, Whitcomb says about 20 percent of volunteers were on the phone lines helping students,

Whitcomb says usually, these retiree’s are out enjoying life and helping their communities, but they’re enjoying being back in the saddle once again.

"Our volunteers are part of a very active group of retiree’s and if it weren’t for the hotline, they would probably be working in their communities, but this is certainly a cherished moment for many of them,"

If you have questions beyond the ability of Call and Learn, you're encouraged to call the ASK ROSE hotline at (877) ASK-ROSE (877-275-7673).

If you're a retired teacher who wants to volunteer, reach out to the IRTA at teacherhelp@retiredteachers.org or calling them at (888) 454-9333.

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