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The Best Friends Club helps build relationships between regular and special education students at PHS.

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Making Best Friends

The Best Friends Club at PHS holds a meeting. Pictured L to R:  Savannah Wagner, Teacher Rachel Figueroa, Damarion Barton, Johnathan Arrufat and Tania Vincent. The Best Friends Club helps pair PHS students with special needs students twice a month.

The Best Friends Club at PHS holds a meeting. Pictured L to R: Savannah Wagner, Teacher Rachel Figueroa, Damarion Barton, Johnathan Arrufat and Tania Vincent. The Best Friends Club helps pair PHS students with special needs students twice a month.

The Best Friends Club at PHS holds a meeting. Pictured L to R: Savannah Wagner, Teacher Rachel Figueroa, Damarion Barton, Johnathan Arrufat and Tania Vincent. The Best Friends Club helps pair PHS students with special needs students twice a month.

The Best Friends Club at PHS holds a meeting. Pictured L to R: Savannah Wagner, Teacher Rachel Figueroa, Damarion Barton, Johnathan Arrufat and Tania Vincent. The Best Friends Club helps pair PHS students with special needs students twice a month.

By Angelique Cuadrado and Kiana Paulino, Reporter

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Everyone wants a best friend. A chum, a pal, a BFF. Poinciana High is making sure everyone gets that chance.
The Best Friends Club is starting its first year at PHS. The club consists of regular education students starting a relationship with students with special needs. The club has been in the process since the beginning for a year.
Rachel Figueroa founded the club. She started it to ensure the special need students have someone to depend along with an opportunity for special needs students a chance to a feel how the rest of the student population socialize.
Figueroa has been working here for two years. She started off in a transition classroom. “After that, I just fell in love with special ed,” Figueroa stated. She felt like she had a calling to begin working with these students.
The teachers involved with this club are trying to encourage students with intellectual disabilities to make friends with regular education students. “Our hope is really to have our non-ESE students help mold our students and help build a really good friendship and bond,” Figueroa strongly expressed.
Some activities for holidays will include Trick-or-Treating around the campus and Easter egg hunting, with more ideas in the works.
Figueroa believes the experience will be once in a lifetime and humble the regular education students. One way the students will help this community is to raise money for the cognitively challenged.
Any fundraising ideas will be developed from regular education students. The teachers involved are planning a field day for the end of the year. They are also searching for people to sponsor the club.
In order to participate in this club, Figueroa is requesting any student to spend two lunches a week with the special need students in order to mentor and encourage them
For more information on the start date of the club or any other questions, please see Ms. Figueroa in room 131.

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