Sasha holds up computer

Sasha Likhachev
Inspired to help others impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, two Upper School students have put into practice WT’s credo to “Think also of the comfort and the rights of others.”

Sophomore Sam Kuzmishin works with his father to repair vehicles for those in need through the non-profit corporation Sam founded, Drive On (driveon412.com). “Without reliable transportation, many people struggle with holding a steady job or simply being able to perform daily tasks. I founded Drive On in order to address this need,” notes Sam.

Drive On obtains cars from recognized charitable organizations, repairs them, and returns them. The cars are then given or sold (at a discounted price) by the charitable organization to an individual or family in need. Earlier this year, Sam and his father worked with City Mission on their first charitable repair, a 2006 Buick Rainier.

Father and Son work on cars
Sam Kuzmishin (L) and his father, John (R)

Likewise, Junior Sasha Likhachev recognized that remote learning, which was the only option during the pandemic for so many of her neighbors, was not meeting the needs of all students. She took her experience tutoring children in her Squirrel Hill neighborhood and created Teens4Tutors (teens4tutors.com), a web platform created as part of Entrepreneurship and Product Design, an Upper School computer science course.

Teens4Tutors employs high school students to serve as tutors. Sasha screens applicants through conversations with parents, teachers, and school administrators. Her goal is to help both eager students and busy parents. Her work was recently celebrated on Kidsburgh, an online resource focusing on the people and ideas making Pittsburgh a better place to raise kids.