Thunderbird High School's Best Buddies Octoberfest

Thunderbird High School's Best Buddies Octoberfest

November, 2009 - On Friday the 30th, the GUHSD Community Relations Office attended the Thunderbird High School Best Buddies Oktoberfest.  A total of 8 schools celebrated together with dancing, food, and contests. The schools that attended were DVHS, GWHS, GHS, SHS, IHS, AHS, and MVHS, which was a total of 211 people that attended this bash. Thank you to all those who helped create this amazing event!

 Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,400 college, high school and middle school campuses across the country and internationally.

Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States. We have accredited international programs on six continents with additional country programs under active development. Our six formal programs – Best Buddies Citizens, Colleges, e-Buddies®, High Schools, Jobs and Middle Schools – will positively impact more than 400,000 individuals this year.

Best Buddies also is systematically implementing our 2010 initiative that will witness the organization's continued significant growth, both domestically and overseas. Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute services to the community that equate to more than $70 million USD.

Even though Best Buddies has advanced tremendously in our short existence, many areas of the country and many regions of the world still lack programs to help people with intellectual disabilities become part of mainstream society. Our goal is to continue expanding nationwide and at the local community level, while more broadly engaging the global community through our programs.