Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda UFSD
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Ken East Best Buddies Celebrate Friendsgiving with Sabres Players
Kenmore East's Best Buddies Program celebrated their annual Friendsgiving in a big way! On Monday, Best Buddies welcomed Sabres players Owen Power and Peyton Krebs to their holiday celebration.
The two visited with students, took pictures, and signed autographs. They also took part in the event's festivities, including ring toss, a photo booth, limbo, and dancing.
"The students are very enthusiastic about all of our events," teachers Kathleen Struckmann and Shinobu Farrugia said. "We have grown significantly since starting our chapter in 2019. We currently have over 40 members! While the students loved hanging with the Sabres, they are really very happy and engaged in any events we plan. We rely heavily on student leadership to help organize and plan all of our activities."
Best Buddies is a non-profit organization that supports and encourages inclusion and with nearly 3,000 chapters worldwide, it's positively impacting the lives of over 1.3 million people with and without Intellectual Disabilities. The program is dedicated to creating opportunities and friendships. At Kenmore East, Best Buddies strives to form 1:1 friendships between students with Intellectual Disabilities and their peers. Believe it or not, it's the only high school chapter in the Buffalo area!
You can learn more about the program in New York State here.