Best Buddies: A Club for Connection (final)

Best Buddies, a new club coming in the 2018-2019 school year, will be pairing PALS members and students in an effort to promote friendship despite developmental differences.

“This program has been extremely successful at other schools” Club administrator Tancy Juliano said. “We’ve had a good turn out, over sixty people so far.”

Not all club members will be assigned a specific buddy, since predictions indicate only 12 available buddies, many members will be associate buddies that help with general club needs like the weekly parties.

“Potential matches will send their application straight to the Best Buddies advisory board, and in August we will start to make those matches with the buddies” Juliano said. “the matching takes into consideration personality types and compatibility.”

Unlike other clubs, Best Buddies requires a more precise documentation of commitment. Weekly reports will be recorded to track you and your buddies interactions.

“Assigned buddies will have a one year commitment.” Juliano said. “You’ll have to communicate with them once a week, and be together at least once a month.”

Despite the commitment, excited students continue to come to meetings in mass.

“I was really excited when Mrs. Juliano told us about Best Buddies,” freshman Lauren DeSplinter said. “I don’t even have to be a one on one buddy, I would still be happy being an associate buddy.”

Interested students are not all vying specifically for a designated buddy but rather many desire just to make an impact on the PALS students and create memorable moments.

“I’m really excited for experiences we’re going to have,” Best Buddies Vice President Brandon Kasper said. “I hope that the students in the PALS program will have a great time and build connections with other students.”