By Theresa VanPelt
Cougar News Blog
Cactus Canyon has won awards and almost every activity, and now they win their first award for their best buddies program.
The CCJH Best Buddies were proud to find out that won two awards at the Best Buddies statewide delebration. The awards that they won include Middle School Chapter of the Year, and Desirae Davis earned Adviser of the Year.
“I was shocked and surprised at first. But I am thankful and appreciative,” said Davis.
There are seven other middle school chapters that qualified for this award. Best Buddies is an organization that creates an equal campus and teaches students that no matter what people look like, they should treat everyone equally.
Students learn from Best Buddies that even though everyone looks different and acts different, that doesn’t make anyone lower than other. They take their experiences in this program and apply them in real-world situations.
“The Best Buddies members created one-to-one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those without and created an inclusive campus,” said Davis.
This is the first year that the CCJH chapter has won any awards at the meeting. Winning these awards can help encourage students to join Best Buddies.
“I joined best buddies because I was tired of seeing people get bullied and I wanted them to know that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover and how they’re no different than us no matter how they look,” said Marijane Jimenez.