SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ – It’s not a requirement for graduation, she’s not getting extra credit, and she’s not being compensated. Nina Halberstadter volunteers simply because she “likes to do it.”

Powering through her second year at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, the 16-year-old doesn’t let the bell end her school day, as she heads to Plainfield Library on Tuesday afternoons to help young kids with their homework.

“I heard about the opportunity from my mom actually,” Halberstadter said. “It’s just so fun to see what the kids are learning and how they are being taught.”

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The sophomore recently received praise from a School One parent on Facebook for helping her daughter overcome a fear of public speaking.

“Well my daughter has been reading to Nina every Tuesday for the past month. Nina is bringing her out of her shell and I just thank this sweet girl so much!!! Her self esteem has gone up, she's more interested in reading, and even goes for chapter books. So thank you Nina you're a blessing.” [sic]

Halberstadter, whose favorite subject is History, plans on studying Education somewhere down the road. As a sophomore, she says the college planning will start very soon.