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Academy Street LEAP and Peer Buddies Celebrate the Holiday

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Academy Street Elementary School Peer Buddies gathered in the school cafeteria with students enrolled in the Life and Educational Achievement Program for a fun-filled afternoon Thanksgiving feast and celebration. Under the direction of special education teacher Meredith Breen and school psychologist Samantha Demeusy, the students paired up for one of several meetings of the school year.

Ms. Breen explained that the fourth and fifth grade Peer Buddies meet monthly with the LEAP students to host centers, games and crafts. This first meeting of the school year was an opportunity to host holiday-themed activities, including a Thanksgiving food-tasting center.

The students tasted and rated how well they enjoyed pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and apple sauce. They also made construction paper turkeys based on instructions from a kit and played a sorting game.

Peer Buddy Jace Black, a fifth grader, said he joined the organization because he wants to help others. “I want to help others with their education,” he said. Meanwhile, Meaghan Needelman, also a Peer Buddy said, “I like the LEAP kids and just want to help them.”

After the activities, the students gathered for a group photo to remind them of a fun day of working together.
Bayport-Blue Point Eagle