• Friends First Club 
     

    PURPOSE

    • To encourage mentorship between special education students and their peers
    • To be a buddy for social events, sports events/competitions & recreational activities within the school & community as we unite with neighboring school districts with similar programs 

     

    REASONS FOR JOINING 

    • To help students with developmental disabilities gain a sense of belonging and acceptance at BVA High School. Athletics and clubs are the most common ways a student connects with school and friends.
    • To help students develop meaningful relationships and friendships outside their special education program by providing a common bond through planned & coordinated sports, social events & recreational activities.
    • To be a positive role model & help students develop social skills through appropriate inclusion. Research shows that improving social competence is the key to integrating people with disabilities into the community.
    • To encourage peers to develop a more accepting attitude towards individuals that may look, act or think differently from themselves. This new attitude will be carried into adulthood.
    • Fact: Being an active member of Friends First looks great on a resume, job or college application!

     

    LIST OF POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES 

    • Be a friend in room #410 - Support students while participating in activities such as movies, indoor snowball battle, cooking, crafts, yoga, dance, Wii, games, social skills, workshops, Friday Fun Day, shopping / lunch within the community; college / transition tours & fairs; job stations etc.
    • You’ve Got a Friend Day @ Twin Lakes Park (October)
    • BVA MS/Elem. Activities - We plan & host events to spend time with our elementary & middle school special needs friends, such as bowling, mini-golf & a movie matinée; promote club with MS presentations
    • Physical & social support during possible activities in community with neighboring high schools - 
      • Camp of Champions (Football)
      • Halloween Dance
      • Volleyball Tournament 
      • Soccer / Kickball Tournament
      • Valentine’s Dance 
      • Life Skills Prom 
      • Minute to Win It 
    • Volunteer Special Olympics / Rain Rally / Polar Plunge
    • Unified Track team 
    • Possible plans for future after-school activities & lunch buddies 
    • Be a friend in room #410 - Support students while participating in activities such as movies, indoor snowball battle, cooking, crafts, yoga, dance, Wii, games, social skills, workshops, Friday Fun Day, shopping / lunch within the community; job stations etc.