Downingtown High School East’s Best Buddies program, which helps create inclusive friendships, recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, according to a staff report from The Daily Local News.
The international program empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by helping them create and maintain meaningful friendships with their peers, and among other things.
As part of the program, annual matching parties are organized by schools in Downingtown Area School District where participants are paired together to create “buddy families.” There, people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities form connections helping them gain self-confidence and self-esteem.
On Nov. 4, Downingtown East Best Buddies participants enjoyed a host of games, activities, and a delicious 10-year anniversary cake.
“I genuinely love seeing the kids excited about making new relationships with their peers,” said Meghan Funderburg, autism support teacher and Best Buddies co-advisor.
Read more about the Best Buddies program in The Daily Local News.