By Natalie Delintt
Cougar News Blog
The Best Buddies program at Cactus Canyon is starting up again this year and with an award that will hopefully bring in new students to participate in the club.
Desirae Davis, the director of Best Buddies at CCJH, won an award for inclusion, building friendships, leadership, and furthering Best Buddies knowledge in CCJH and the Apache Junction community from Best Buddies International.
“This award makes me feel fabulous because we worked hard and got recognized for it,” said Davis.
Best Buddies is a club that students can be a part of to help and make friends with other kids who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This year the new batch of buddies will be participating in Buddy Prom, Friendship Walk, monthly parties, chapter meeting, and fundraising events.
“I’m excited to make friends, go to the parties, and decorate,” said Katie Wood, an 8th grader in Davis’s class.
Davis hopes that this award will attract more students to join Best Buddies and help the kids who really want a friend to be able to talk to and hang out with.
“The award might help the kids realize that the club is good and will want to be a part of it,” said Davis.
Best Buddies has helped Davis’s students get out of their shells and talk to new people. They have learned that making friends is easier than they thought and talking to be people is also easy.
“I learned that it’s okay to meet somebody, don’t be shy,” said Wood. “:If it wasn’t for Best Buddies, then I wouldn’t have as many friends as I do now.