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The Bears United Club, once the Best Buddies Program, has started off the new school year with some exciting activities and changes. The club is newly independent from the national program Best Buddies, and is now a club unique to Norwalk High School. The club is run by the teachers Ms. Dellon and Mr. Gaspar and students Emily Dougherty (‘18) and Laney Morenberg (‘18). “Our club is a great club because it brings everyone together and creates an environment in which both the special education and regular education students are able to feel confident, comfortable, and surrounded by people that care about and accept them,” explained Laney Morenberg.

The Bears United Club is a club aimed at bringing special education students and other students at NHS together, hoping to build friendships that last through high school and beyond. Those who join the club are invited to the activities with the special education students, or pals. They have the opportunity to get to know the pals, hang out with them, and build a relationship.

Bears United activities occur all throughout the school year. Activities include a Field Day, Christmas Party, Valentine’s Day activity, and a Cinco De Mayo Dance. The Halloween Party, which occurred on October 22nd in the cafeteria, featured cupcake decorating, costumes, snacks, and Halloween games. Over twenty-five people attended and enjoyed the music and games while hanging out with their pals.

Most recently, the Thanksgiving event took place on November 23 in the library, called the “Feast of Gratitude”. Some of the clubs members and teachers cooked Thanksgiving foods and desserts, including pumpkin bread, pies, and cakes. Those at the party played “What’s in Your Mouth”, made a paper turkey showing what everyone was thankful for, and some danced to music. After the success of this event, the leaders of the club are now excitedly planning the upcoming holiday event.

Overall, Bears United is excited to enter into the 2016-2017 school year with its new members, pals, and program. “The club is going great this year. Honestly it started off a little rough because we’re all adjusting but it’s running more smoothly now and we hope to keep going in that positive direction,” said Laney.

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