Davidson eighth-graders assist special needs classmates

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Davidson Middle School eighth-grader Jayce Longman helps special needs student Tyler Wadsworth with a class assignment.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 06:54 PM.

CRESTVIEW — It takes a special kind of student to be a Davidson Middle School buddy. In fact, school officials said, it takes the "crême-de-la-crême," or cream of the crop.

The program, in its 10th year, links specially selected eighth-graders —  the buddies — with students in the school's exceptional student education program.

"They are peer mentors," program director and E.S.E. teacher Carol Cassity said.

As she spoke, eighth-grader Jayce Longman was helping special needs students Tyler Wadsworth and Adrian Taylor complete a calendar project.

Buddy Kiayana Roberts had just returned to the classroom from escorting Anna Klemkosky, one of Tyler and Adrian's classmates, to the water fountain.

"It is an eye-opening experience for anybody who hasn't worked with these kids," Kiayana said. "It has been really rewarding."

"The buddies learn different ways of dealing with different people," E.S.E. teacher Barbara Cook said.

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