Our students from Massachusetts are part of Best Buddies International, a non-profit organization that seeks to eliminate the social, physical and economic isolation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing inclusive opportunities for friendship and leadership. We started our middle school chapter in September 2017 and in June 2019 we were selected as the Best Buddies Outstanding Middle School Chapter for MA/RI. We provide students with opportunities to have fun and make friends, strengthen social awareness and social skills, develop leadership skills, and connect with community supports. Our chapter is comprised of students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Meaningful and mutual friendships are formed between all of our members.
Our goal, and the goal of Best Buddies, is to end the isolation that people with disabilities may experience and demonstrate to others what true friendship looks like. Through our meetings, our students are learning to exhibit true friendship in every sense of the word.
Help us give our students the supplies (rocks, paint, sealant) to create a Friendship Rock Garden that demonstrates the mission of Best Buddies: kindness, friendship, and inclusion. This Friendship Rock Garden will be placed outside, visible to all who enter our school, and will serve as a reminder that everyone, regardless of whatever differences that may exist among us, is cared about and valued.
Our students' Friendship Rock Garden will be displayed outside, by the entrance to our school.
Each Best Buddies member will paint a rock with a positive picture or message. Seeing this beautiful display will inspire others and remind them that kindness, friendship, and inclusion are values that we support and encourage at our school.
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