What is Best Buddies?
Best Buddies® is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships. Best Buddies was founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver. Best Buddies is designed to improve the school environment by promoting friendships between individuals with disabilities (Buddies) and individuals without disabilities (Peer Buddies). Socialization is one of the simplest yet most often underestimated solution to the pattern of exclusion. In addition to the benefit of developing new friendships, Best Buddies also gives students unique opportunities for leadership.
Best Buddies-Sterling Middle School Chapter
Sterling Middle School was the FIRST active middle school chapter in Virginia and was the only chapter for 5 years. This will be our 7th year participating in Best Buddies here at Sterling Middle School. In May 2011 and May 2012, Best Buddies Sterling won an award for top middle school at the Best Buddies Friendship Walk- GO TEAM STERLING! Best Buddies Sterling will be participating in the Audi Best Buddies Challenge on the National Mall on Saturday, October 20th- we hope to see you there!!
When Do We Meet?
The Best Buddies Club will meet once a month from 3:25 to 4:20 in Art 1. Students will either take the activities bus or parents must provide transportation. The dates for the 2012-2013 school year are:
Thursday, October 18
Thursday, November 15
Thursday, December 20
Thursday, January 17
Thursday, February 28
Thursday, March 21
Thursday, April 18
Thursday, May 2
Where Do I Find More Information?
How Do I Join?
Any student interested in joining Best Buddies must fill out a Membership application. Applications must be filled out and submitted online this year at www.bestbuddiesonline.org. Just click on "Membership Application" and "Middle School." You do not have to login. Parents must also sign a consent form and have their child turn that form in to Miss Trautner in room Art 1 or Mrs. Matyuf in room B21. Students who do not have access to computers at home may obtain an application at school in the cafeteria, Art 1 or B21. Please make sure that the Parent Consent form has been signed and turned in with the application.