Best Buddies Teaches More Than Just Friendship

Kendall Haas, Editor

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Movies and TV shows always have “the weird kid” in high school who has no friends. It is no secret that they are anywhere but SBHS.

Here at the home of the bulldogs, we have what is called Best Buddies; a club in which any bulldog can befriend someone with disabilities. Basically, the club is just about making sure everyone has someone to talk to. The process begins with a match party.

A match party is a gathering where all members of best buddies are in search for a buddy. They go, they mingle, and they get matched. You are able to choose the buddy you want and, depending on who others chose, you will acquire a buddy.

Although, the main goal is to become their friend, that is not all that has to be done. Being member of the club comes with a lot of responsibilities.

“As a member, you have to speak to your buddy at least once a week, you have to support the club by wearing the club shirt, and you also have to help out when there is an activity for the buddies.” says Arwen Coates; a freshman and member of Best Buddies.

Best Buddies also offer volunteer hours. Every Best Buddies meeting is only 20 minutes, but any event you go to when supporting your buddy counts as volunteer time.

Noa Chesal is freshman at SBHS and the younger sister of Coby Chesal. Coby has down syndrome.

“He was in best buddies and it’s really sweet to let kids with disabilities experience what it’s like to be quote on quote ‘normal.’” said Noa.

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