Best Buddies match parties bring nearly 800 friendships together in Wisconsin Schools
October is one of the busiest months for Best Buddies Wisconsin as school chapters collect information to make compatible matches and plan events to announce their new buddy pairs. Every chapter takes a different approach to introducing their new friendships and it’s great to see their creativity at work. Every chapter’s match party is unique, this year we saw everything from cupcakes to homemade headband games used to reveal new matches. Livia shared this about the Brookfield Central match party and her new buddy, Ellen, in her October Friendship Update.
We had a matching party on October 5th where we found out our buddies and ate Yo Mamas frozen yogurt, and made locker signs. At first my buddy was shy and didn’t talk much but by the end of the night she came out of her shell a little more. She wrote my name and “my buddy is Ellen” on my locker sign and put stickers on it. I think our signs are the best out of everyone’s. Since then, anytime I see her at her locker she has a huge smile at me and it brightens my day. I always go over to her and give her a big hug.
Match parties are also a great opportunity for connecting with parents. Best Buddies Wisconsin sends a staff member to each party to share program guidelines and tips for success with parents, but the most important piece is connecting parents with their child’s new friend. Parental support can really make or break a friendship, especially when their child does not have a cell phone or means to communicate independently. Ideally, both peer buddy and buddy parents attend these events to engage with the participants and the Best Buddies Mission.
This year is our biggest yet, Best Buddies Wisconsin has nearly 800 buddy pairs participating in Middle School, High School and College programs throughout the state. We encourage you to get involved by volunteering or making a donation to support our efforts to make Wisconsin more inclusive.View photos from our match parties