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Best Buddies

The Best Buddies of Ponus would like to invite all students and families to attend the "Light it Up Blue" event April 2nd on the Norwalk Green at 6 pm. Come join students, families, members of the Board of Education as well as several other Norwalk community members at this fantastic event. The goal of this event is to recognize the accomplishments of  individuals with Autism and their families who help to support them. We will light the gazebo blue for in recognition of their hard work and determination. Please come support us at this wonderful event. 

If you have any questions about Best Buddies or the "Light it Up Blue" event please contact Mr. Giandurco or Mrs. Madarffari

Best Buddies Mission: 

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Best Buddies Friendship Program:

Best Buddies Friendship programs represent one of our organization’s four key mission pillars.  These programs build one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), offering social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion for a population that is often isolated and excluded. Through their participation, people with IDD form meaningful connections with their peers, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, and share interests, experiences and activities that many other individuals enjoy.

Best Buddies Middle School Program

Fosters one-to-one friendships between middle school students with and without IDD, in which they share interests, experiences, and activities. Students with IDD are often isolated and left out of social activities. Best Buddies Middle Schools helps to create an inclusive middle school culture for all students early on in their educational development.

Student Advisers:

  • Mrs. Maddaffari- Princeton House Special Education Teacher
  • Mr. Giandurco- Yale House Social Studies and Science Teacher