Common Bond in the Schoolcraft schools unites student mentors with special needs in a once a month gathering that often includes food, games to play, socializing, for students in grades six through twelve. Amy Green, Schoolcraft’s special education teacher, came up with the idea in 1997 when it began with just a few kids playing Bingo. It has evolved from there with over 100 signed up, and usually 25 to 60 on average attending each extra-curricular event.
The kick-off event each year is a big pizza party at the high school with lots of other activities included. They sometimes go to area bowling alleys, take a trip to Putter’s, or just stick around school for extra treats.
“This is a powerful program that builds a strong culture of acceptance,” says Ric Seager, high school principal. “It’s an opportunity to build our love for one another.” Amy Green has been on the high school staff for 28 years, working with challenged students and showing her love to help them adapt to the school environment.