Cole Best Buddies Chapter Named ‘Outstanding’
The Cole Best Buddies club was recognized by the School Committee Dec. 19 for being named an ‘Outstanding Chapter’ by BB International.
The Best Buddies chapter at Cole Middle School recently was named an Outstanding Chapter by Best Buddies International and members of the group were recognized by the School Committee Tuesday night.
Best Buddies is a school club is dedicated to enhancing the lives of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities through peer relationships – students with disabilities are paired with “buddy” students without disabilities.
Cole’s Best Buddies teacher-advisor is Lexi’s dad, science teacher Adam Scott. He says he kind of fell into the role.
“Sometimes in life, you simply stumble upon something that changes your life forever. Five years ago, I was asked to coach the Unified Basketball Team for they needed a coach,” he said. “I said yes and never looked back. This school year, I also helped to pilot the Unified Cross Country team – along with two other middle schools – and with so many schools looking to join next year, it is going to take off and be another great opportunity for our athletes and partners.”
(Unified sports teams combine students with disabilities, the athletes, with typical peers, the partners.)
Scott added, “At Cole, I feel that I have two parts of my life moving at the same time each day. One part is teaching science and the other part is my work with Best Buddies and the two Unified Sports teams. I look at all our kids and, the father in me takes over, and I simply want each and every child here to be treated with the respect that they each deserve. Programs such as Best Buddies makes you aware of how easy it really is to be kind to each other. As Lexi mentioned the other night, we are trying to find the unique abilities that make us all special instead of just looking at disabilities.”
Members of Cole’s Best Buddy 2017-18 chapter:
Alexandra Scott, chapter president
Adam Scott, faculty advisor
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