Best Buddies Accompany Autistic Support Students to NYC

Thanks to the ded­i­ca­tion of numer­ous staff mem­bers and the enthu­si­asm of Pennsbury’s mid­dle school “Best Buddies,” a total of 15 stu­dents in the District’s Autistic Support Program had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to see a Broadway pro­duc­tion of Aladdin. The show was a spe­cial Autism-friendly per­for­mance pro­duced by the Theatre Development Fund and staged in ear­ly March. Students from all three mid­dle schools and Village Park Academy took part in this trip.

It takes a great deal of ded­i­ca­tion and car­ing to under­take a trip to New York with stu­dents who have com­plex needs,” said Sherri Morett, Director of Special Education. “The oppor­tu­ni­ty to attend a play on Broadway for chil­dren with Autism was such a won­der­ful expe­ri­ence for our stu­dents, and hope­ful­ly we will be able to pro­vide this oppor­tu­ni­ty again in the future. This was also a nice event for the Best Buddies.” All told, a total of 27 Pennsbury stu­dents attend­ed the show. Ms. Morett expressed her appre­ci­a­tion to teach­ers Matt South and Alyssa Sunday, Best Buddies Coordinator and Special Education Supervisor, Erin Schwenk, and Speech Language Pathologist, Patti Dormer, for all their efforts in orga­niz­ing this trip.