Dear Lincoln families,
The Friendship Foundation helps children with special needs create and build bonds with their peers. Lincoln Elementary held their first Friendship Club in 2013 and it has been a signature program since. Students in upper grades volunteer during lunchtime to join students with special needs for games, activities, and recess. Teachers and students work together to provide support, encouragement, and friendship to each other. The aspect I enjoy most about Friendship Club is how it affects everyone involved. While our students with disabilities are learning things like conversation skills, turn taking, and how to play basketball, our typical developing students are learning sign language, developing leadership skills, and understanding that difference among human beings cannot be measured on a greater than or less than scale. With over fifty general education and twenty special education participants, the Friendship Club is by far the most popular club on campus.