Student Officers:

Sophie Fennell – President

Kaitlin Henry – Vice President

Hannah Brown – Activity Coordinator

Matthew Garfinkel – Activity Coordinator

Gillian Reeder – Activity Coordinator

John Cort – Treasurer

Arda Cataltepe – Secretary

Sophie DiPietro – Officer

Lea Sarnblad – Officer

Katie Dangelmaier – Officer

Kyle Peddie

 Other participants: The roster of club participants varies week to week. There are approximately 20-30 additional students who consistently show up to our Best Buddies Activity Blocks.

 Club Summary: Best Buddies is designed to be an all-inclusive “friendship club”. The goal is to foster true and lasting friendships with students who are diagnosed with disabilities. A typical Activity Block consists of fun, pre-planned crafts, games, or other activities. Student officers do most of the planning, and the activities they choose are aimed to be inclusive to the students with special needs who participate in Best Buddies. Outside of Activity Block, the Buddies plan and attend various events. Last year, the Best Buddies went on outings to pick apples, attended high school sports events, walked/ran at a Best Buddies 5k race, held a holiday Yankee Swap, and ran a booth at Spring Fling. This year, students organized a trip to Launch outside of school and we are preparing for our annual Yankee Swap in December. Best Buddies has a bulletin board in the hallway where other members of the school can find information about upcoming events. Officers and faculty advisors meet on the first Monday of every month before school.

 Best Buddies International (BBI) is a 501©(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver. Its mission is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. BBI currently has more than 1,400 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Their programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States and in 34 foreign countries.

Best Buddies matches high school students with intellectual disabilities and other high school students to foster one-to-one friendships between them. By introducing Best Buddies to our high school, we are crossing the invisible line that too often separates those with disabilities from those without. This program enhances the social experiences that are a common component for high school students and that can be easily missed by students with intellectual disabilities.

The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships.

Faculty Co Advisors: Allie Bees and Rachel Bergeron