Due to the recent budget cuts in the William Floyd School District, a valuable program can no longer exist in the high school.
“Best Buddies” is an organization dedicated to establishing a volunteer movement that creates opportunities for high school students to have one-to-one friendships with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This program positively impacts so many young people in our community.
William Floyd Best Buddies president Ryan Taphouse said, “We do fundraisers, dinners, dances, karaoke nights and movie nights. Events like this keep the kids active.”
Since Best Buddies no longer receives the funding necessary for it to be offered at William Floyd High School, the community is getting together to raise the money for these kids.
Ryan, who is in the 11th grade, decided that something needed to be done to restore the Best Buddies Program. With the assistance of a few parents and the board of Best Buddies, a plan was put into action. Ryan was able to get a few local businesses involved and organized this dinner dance event.
“We put together a Best Buddies fundraiser to get the club back into the school,” said Ryan. “We have over one hundred people at this dinner dance tonight. We also have a 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction. We’re hoping to raise a lot of money.”
On April 13th, from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., the Mastics-Shirley Lions Club will be hosting a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s in Shirley in an effort to restore the William Floyd “Best Buddies” Club. The cost is $10 per person and will include pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and a beverage. For tickets, contact Dave Vidal at (631) 281-2283, Bob Prevete at (631) 399-1692 or Ryan Taphouse at (631) 295-7034. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Ryan said, “Even though the funding has stopped, we aren’t going to let that stop us. We’re going to get it back in the school for the kids.”
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help restore the Best Buddies program, please contact William Floyd High School Best Buddies advisor, Mrs. Inzerillo at (631) 874-1120.
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