Stevenson student creates free math tutoring service with his peers


With online learning and COVID-19 restrictions at the start of the pandemic, Meera Khare of Vernon Hills said it didn’t take long for students to crumble listening to endless virtual lectures.

The 17-year-old junior from Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire said she and her peers also struggled to do meaningful community service during the lockdown that would look good on a college application. It was Khare’s light bulb moment.

This prompted Khare to found Math-Aid Free Tutoring in October 2020 as a support service for students in difficulty. The tutors are all advanced math students from Stevenson who provide one-on-one help in sessions conducted via Zoom.

Khare said she has always been a “math nerd” and that it is a subject that can be standardized across schools. Initially, she started tutoring a few people in her neighborhood, family members and friends. Then she and her peers began reaching out to area colleges.

“We kind of started hoarding students here and there, and we built a little foundation,” Khare said. “It kind of built from there, and we (started) reaching more schools, tried advertising on Facebook, I tried flyers in a bunch of different restaurants and libraries.”

Math-Aid tutors have spent more than 1,100 student-hours working with nearly 300 freshmen through high school students throughout Illinois and select other states. Khare now has a team of around 30 tutors volunteering their time. She plans to continue the service in her senior year and then hand over to future students.


“I built this foundation with the belief that students who want to learn and improve their math skills should have access to help without any financial barriers, which is why Math-Aid will always remain free,” Khare said.

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talking about tacos

Los Angeles Times columnist Gustavo Arellano, author of “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America,” will speak tonight about multicultural foods and food ethics at the University’s “Teach In for Social Justice.” Benedictine.

Gustavo Arellano

The free program will run from 7-8:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Register on

Arellano’s lecture will focus on food and justice in a multicultural America, and how to uplift communities by appreciating their food culture. He will also talk about how the signature food of Mexican culture has become so popular in the United States.

Breaking gender bias

For International Women’s Day, female suburban leaders will share their stories of overcoming stereotypes and breaking the glass ceiling, during a virtual program at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The “Women Breaking the Bias” panelists are: Darlene Ruscitti, Regional Superintendent of DuPage County Schools; the administrator of the village of Lisle, Sara Sadat; Sharmin Shahjahan, former village administrator of Hanover Park; and Kate Melekhova, Iris Bess and Alma De Casas, owners of DuPage Habitat for Humanity. The discussion will be moderated by Wheaton At-Large Advisor Erica Bray-Parker.

The program is organized by DuPage Habitat for Humanity, the Wheaton Public Library and the League of Women Voters of Wheaton.

Register on

Women’s day

South Asian Older People and the Humans at Help Foundation will host a virtual “International Women’s Day” event from 2-4 p.m. Saturday on Zoom.

Speakers are: Toni Crenshaw of Hoffman Estates, Senior Human Resources Analyst and Board Member of DePaul University; Stephanie Johnson, chiropractor at the Physical Medicine Group of Illinois & Roselle Chiropractic; Dr. Anuja Gupta from Frankfurt, entrepreneur; Nabeela Syed of Inverness, community organizer and candidate for Illinois’ 51st District; and Darryl Tyndrof of Geneva, chief economist/senior data scientist for Equifax.

They will discuss creating inclusive workplaces where women can thrive, women’s health choices, South Asian women’s entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment, and progressive and feminist politics. The discussion will be moderated by Nazneen Hashmi from Streamwood, a community volunteer.

Join the Zoom event on The access code is 548017.

Distinguished Award

Karl Brooks, vice president of student affairs at Oakton Community College, will receive a Distinguished College Administrator Award from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Karl Brooks

Karl Brooks

Brooks will be among 28 college administrators nationwide to be recognized at the society’s annual convention April 7-9 in Denver.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for 2-year colleges.

Winners were nominated by students and selected from thousands of eligible college administrators.

Brooks is honored for his work mentoring and developing student leaders amid racial and political unrest and a global pandemic.

“I am humbled and humbled to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said Brooks. “Such recognition would not be possible without the vision, integrity and support of Oakton’s dedicated staff, faculty and student leadership.”

Prejudices and health

According to research published by the American Psychological Association.

That includes more heart disease, mental health problems and higher overall death rates, according to research published in the journal Health Psychology.

Researchers conducted a systematic review of 14 papers that used data collected from Google, Twitter and other big data sources to examine how stigma and health are intertwined in communities nationwide.

The studies used a variety of sources to measure racial bias at the community level and included tens of millions of data points from large-scale surveys, internet searches and social media.

The studies analyzed data from Google Trends on how often user searches included a racial slur, tweets containing negative sentiments toward people of color, a general social survey of social and political attitudes in the United States, and Project Implicit on people’s implicit prejudices towards various groups.

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