Davidson eighth-graders assist special needs classmates

Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 06:54 PM.

Lifetime of helping

Buddies free up E.S.E. teachers to provide extra attention to students needing it, Cassity said. By taking E.S.E. students around the school, such as to the library or drinking fountains, buddies remove the stigma of being "escorted by an adult," Cassity said.

With the success of Davidson's program, graduating buddies hope Crestview High School will form a similar program. Cassity said the high school leadership class has discussed doing so.

"I'd do it every year in high school if I could," Jordan said.

The experience has encouraged several of the buddies to continue in the field. Steven DelPozo, a Davidson graduate and former buddy, is an E.S.E. teacher at Northwood Elementary School.

"My brother, Jacob, is studying special education at college," Jayce said. "It's an honor to be a buddy."

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or brianh@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.



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