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Best Buddies


Best Buddies is an international program designed to match students with intellectual disabilities in a one-to-one friendship with a non-disabled peer.  This gives both kids a chance at friendship that they might not otherwise have.

Since its formation in 2005, the club has grown by leaps and bounds, and is now one of the largest and most vibrant clubs in the school.  Here at NHMS, Buddy pairs from all three grades are formed on the basis of similar ages and mutual interests. The pairs spend time together inside and outside of school, eating lunch together, playing games or just hanging out, helping both individuals grow and learn.

Our club also began a very fruitful partnership with ACES Village School here in North Haven in the fall of 2007.  Each year we have many buddy pairs matched between the two schools.  It is so wonderful to see our students interacting with their Buddies and offering them the greatest gift they can give-- the gift of acceptance and friendship.

We are so proud of all the students involved in this club!

The Best Buddies Club at North Haven Middle School has twice been named the Outstanding Middle School Chapter in the state by Best Buddies Connecticut -- first in 2012 and more recently in 2014.  Ms. West and Mrs. Mangino were very pleased to accept these awards on behalf of all the wonderful members of our club who make a difference every day in our school by creating an atmosphere of kindness and acceptance and by sharing friendshhip with children of all abilities.

Interested in learning more about Best Buddies?  Please visit us at:

All chapter activities are listed on the calendar at Best Buddies Online: