Best Buddies

The goal of the Mercy Best Buddies Chapter is to create an inclusive social environment and help spark real, true friendships that will last outside the club and classroom.

Mercy is unique to the Best Buddies Organization because we have a joint program with School of the Holy Childhood and Bird/Morgan School, a special education program at BOCES #1! They both help prepare “children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for maximum independence and integration in the community through individualized programs and services”.

2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

During this very different year, our student members have created “HOW-TO” videos. These videos were sent to the teachers at School of the Holy Childhood and BOCES #2 Bird/Morgan school to share with their students remotely. It is our hope that we continue to connect with our Best Buddies in safe, virtual ways during this uncertain Pandemic time. We strive to connect, make a difference and build friendships.

by Katherine L. ’23

by Lila H, Abby O, and Kylie R. ’24
by Taylor S. ’23 and JoJo N. ’23
by Gwyn P. ’22
by Michaela M. ’21
by Taylor S. ’23 & Jojo N. ’23
by Audrey H. ’23
by Michaela M. ’21 & Maria G. ’22
by Brooke ’24 & Polly ’23
by Lexi ’23
by Lila ’24
by Jennifer ’23
by Molly ’23 & Maddie ’23
by Michaela ’21

2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Enjoy pictures of our many activities (pre-Pandemic) led by student co-presidents, Anna Costello ’21, Megan Lana ’21 and Sydney LaSalle ’22 guiding, organizing and inspiring the 100+ student Best Buddies members.

3-12-20

Spread the Word INCLUSION day at Mercy. Students, Faculty & Staff are encouraged to make a pledge (online and signing) to include others who with IDD (intellectual and developmental disabilities)

3-12-20

Monthly visit to BOCES #2 Bird/Morgan School

2-14-20

Best Buddies Fundraiser in school. Red Shirley Temples on Valentine’s Day because we LOVE our Best Buddies!

2-13-20

We LOVE our Best Buddies!!!!!!

1-30-20

Henry, Mercy Therapy Dog, 1st visit today!

Colby was excited to meet Henry for the 1st time. He asked to help walk Henry around the cafeteria while Best Buddies made crafts and enjoyed coloring. Colby was so proud of his ‘help’ with Henry that he asked for a letter saying what a good helper he was! Thank you Colby for sharing your love with Mercy Best Buddies!!!

12-19-19

Santa’s coming…let’s get the cookies ready!

11-21-19

Getting reading for Thanksgiving at School of the Holy Childhood

10-26-19

Best Buddies WNY (Western NY) “Boo Ball” officially held at Our Lady of Mercy for over 200+ children and adults.

10-17-19

Halloween craft time at School of the Holy Childhood.

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