Wednesday, October 18, 2017

OJR Best Buddies Hosts 4th Annual Fall Fest

The 4th annual Best Buddies Fall Fest occurred on Wednesday Oct 18th in the Wildcat Stadium!  Owen J. Roberts Best Buddies hosted 9 other Best Buddies chapters from local schools.  There were approximately 150 students and peer buddies joining in the fun stations!  The day is for physical activity, new friends, and making memories.  In attendance were Pottsgrove High School, West Chester East High School, Stetson Middle School, Octorara High School, Henderson High School, Pierce Middle School, Conestoga High School, Unionville High School, and Haverford High School.

The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.  Best Buddies is the first unified, international program that pairs individuals with intellectual disabilities and college or high school students in one-to-one mutually enriching relationships.  Best Buddies is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1989.  

Owen J. Roberts High School is fortunate to be one of the over 1,200 Best Buddies chapters in Colleges and High Schools throughout all 50 states and 22 countries.  While participants find part of life’s fulfillment in friendship, the Best Buddies pairs are also examples to their communities of acceptance and support for people with intellectual disabilities.  

Best Buddies events are funded with the help of chapter fundraisers, sale of Best Buddies merchandise, community support, special events, private and corporate donations and Best Buddies grants.  Each member of the buddy pair pays for him or herself in one-to –one activities.

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