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Woodland Wears Purple

On March 3rd, the Best Buddies board asked Woodland students and staff to wear purple in celebration of Best Buddies month. 

A program so special surely deserves a month dedicated to all of the lives it has changed. 

“We wanted to kick off the month with Purple Day to spread awareness and also get kids thinking about the Spread the Word campaign,” said Hailey Cronk, the President of Woodland’s chapter.

Many people might be wondering about the nature of Best Buddies.

“[Best Buddies is a] program to include and work with students with developmental disabilities. You get the chance to make friendships in and out of school, and form one on one connections,” said Katherine Foley, Vice President of the Best Buddies chapter at Woodland.

Lilac shirts with the Best Buddies logo were purchased for this event and worn by the Best Buddies board.

“I think seeing us wear the shirts, and seeing everyone else wear purple, really made our kids’ faces light up,” said Emily Vance, the Best Buddies Treasurer.

On March 3rd students and staff were also asked to sign a spread the word to end the word poster designed by Foley herself. By signing the poster, participants were promising to end the use of the “r-word.”

“People who signed the banner felt good about what they were doing,” said Foley. “It reminded them that this is a time to spread kindness.”

Although March is Best Buddies month, it’s important to remember that everyday is a chance to make a difference in someone’s life. Vance notes how special the community’s support is to our chapter.

“We appreciate everyone who spreads kindness and who is there for our kids.”

Ava Muharem

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