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October 18, 2013

Finding a friend

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General education students may be starting to see the difference they can make. Megan said she's getting more peers asking about being part of Best Buddies.

"I think there are 34 students involved, right?" she asked Schwab.

"Yes, 17 matches, so 34 total," Schwab said. "I've seen the [traditional] special ed. lunch table broken up some. Students come and talk to them, [or] they are at another table eating with their buddy. It's so good for my kids. Just a simple 'Hi' in the hallways can mean so much to my students."

Best Buddies is having a kickoff and parent information night at Bridge City Bowl from 6-8 p.m. Sunday October 27. Information about the national nonprofit organization can be found at www.bestbuddies.org

— To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark

 

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