Manatee Bay Elementary ‘Buddies Up’

Friday, December 05, 2014
Manatee Bay Elementary is very proud of its new Bay Buddies program, which brings together ESE (Exceptional Student Education) students and GE (General Education) students to participate in teacher-directed activities which promote social and work skills.

This program encourages awareness and acceptance of people who are “differently-abled”. Helping peers promotes self-esteem and sensitivity towards others, both at school and in the community. ESE students make new connections and friendships, fostering a feeling of belonging to the school as a whole and not just to their own class.

This initiative has begun on a small scale with just a handful of teachers and staff involved, but Manatee Bay hopes to grow the program in the future. 

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