Best Buddies Host their Own Friendship Walk on Campus to “Spread the Word to End the Word”

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On Thursday, March 12th the CMCP Best Buddies chapter hosted their very own Friendship Walk on campus encouraging supporters to “spread the word to end the word.” 

The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness of the hurtful effects of using the word “retard(ed)” and to encourage the discontinued use of the word. It was a fun event that also included food, music, and even saw some CMCP faculty favorites like Coach Scott, Ms. Harvey, Ms. Echemendia, Ms. Hammett and others jumping into the dunk tank – all for a great cause! 

Best Buddies is a non-profit organization that promotes inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental exceptionalities. I chose to be involved in Best Buddies because I believe that their mission is very important and meaningful. When I heard about Best Buddies, I knew I wanted to get involved because they support a great cause. It’s important to me because I have made so many friendships with people I would have never met before. During the month of March, Best Buddies promotes the “Spread the Word to End the Word” movement. This movement works to spread the word “respect” in place of the word “retarded”. We were inspired to put on the Friendship Walk event because of our strong relationship with the students at the Quest Center. This relationship motivated us to want to promote inclusion and respect for everyone." -  Veronica ‘21