Congrats Best Buddies!


Kindness ★ Positivity ★  Acceptance ★ Inclusion ★ Friendship

Please join us in congratulating our Best Buddies members, families, and advisors for being selected as the 2019 Outstanding Middle School Chapter for MA/RI! They are now being considered for the Outstanding Chapter Award at the national level.

Best Buddies was founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver to provide inclusive opportunities for friendship, leadership and employment to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). There are nearly 2,900 Best Buddies chapters worldwide. Best Buddies positively impacts the lives of people with and without IDD by providing mutual friendship and meaningful opportunities for learning and fun. Our Best Buddies chapter was brought to Nissitissit in September 2017 and has been thriving since.

The members of our Nissitissit Best Buddies chapter were selected for this Outstanding Chapter award because of their commitment to honoring the Best Buddies mission of treating all people with kindness and providing inclusive opportunities to everyone.

They hold after-school meetings where they provide activities that strengthen social awareness and social skills. Topics have included: diversity, community, inclusion, communication skills, kindness, friendship, teamwork, and positive boundaries. They have also danced, played basketball, kickball and board games, watched a movie, and learned basic Spanish numbers, words and phrases. At their most recent meeting, members of our police and fire department provided information about safety and their roles, and gave our Best Buddies members a tour of their vehicles!

The family events have included apple-picking, attending a play and a musical, attending a birthday party at Roller Kingdom, attending the Special Olympics, and a potluck dinner. At the dinner, they were given recipe books that were made from collecting their favorite family recipes.

We are so grateful for the students and families who participate in Best Buddies and demonstrate what supportive relationships look like. We love coming together for meetings and family events. Thank you for helping to make Best Buddies a positive experience for all! A big shout out to Ms. Santiago, Mrs. Norftill and Mrs. Girard for all their efforts in making this program such a success!

We welcome new members at any time! If you’d like to join Best Buddies, please send an email to Ms. Santiago at


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