Best Buddies buddy up

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Kiera Schultz (12) and Ehsan Raja (11) laugh together while getting to know each other. The beach ball had questions written on it such as “What is your favorite movie?”

Sofia Hay

A Best Buddies meeting took place in the cafeteria after school on Monday, Nov. 10.  At this meeting, members were paired up with Buddies for the year.

“I think there are different ways even within school for [Peer Buddies to interact with their Buddies], sitting with them at lunch, saying hi to them in the hallway, and introducing them to their friends.  They also get together with them after school,” Mrs. Debra Stack, Westlake, said.

The meeting included activities that helped buddies get to know each other.  Different tables were full of papers for coloring, a poster about Thanksgiving, and games for people to get familiar with their new Buddies.

“[At the meeting] we got our Buddies matched up. We were writing on this poster about Thanksgiving [and] what we would do on Thanksgiving.  [We also] just talked about what we would do if we hang out with our buddies,” Christian Huber (12) said.

This year, there were not enough Buddies for every Peer Buddy to be paired up with.  The members that did not get paired up formed committees to work on throughout the year, including the Friendship Update Committee, the Best Buddies Walk Committee, and the Fundraising Committee.  Members can still interact with Buddies inside and outside of school even if they were not paired up.

“I’m looking forward to hanging out with [my buddy] after school.  We will probably go to the movies with more friends, since some of my friends did not get Buddies,” Brooke Lanting (10) said.

The next Best Buddies meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 24.