Buddies: Meet-ups for Kids!

Clarke Buddies
For Students who are deaf or hard of hearing, Ages 6-17

The Clarke Buddies Program, for students who are deaf or hard of hearing ages 6-17 is gearing up for another amazing year! This program is a fun opportunity to meet, get to know, and connect on a regular basis with other kids who are deaf or hard of hearing! At our in-person meet-ups, you will be sharing advice and experiences, participate in team building activities, and build a sense of community. Older students can choose to be mentors and gain leadership and community experience while being a role model to a younger student.

View recent photos from Buddies events.


This program is for students with hearing loss ages 6-17 who are able to travel to Northampton, MA and/or Canton, MA for in-person gatherings.


Sponsored by the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, this program gives students the opportunity to strengthen a connection with other students. In-person meetings include all of the Buddies and are led by experienced teachers of the deaf and deaf adults. Meet-ups consist of organized activities and social time. This year, in Canton, older Buddies (6th grade and up) will get the opportunity to plan a field trip for the final Canton meet-up. They will consider the needs of all of the Buddies, including auditory access as they choose and plan the trip with teacher support.


Clarke Buddies will run from November 2017 through April 2018. The first meeting on November 4, 2017 is an opportunity for Buddies to meet and get to know each other. Parents are required to attend the first gathering. Please contact us if you would like to participate, but cannot attend the first meet-up. Students can sign up at any point over the course of the meet-ups even if some meet-ups have been missed. Please note that sign-ups must be received 24 hours before the next meet-up in order to participate in that meet-up.

Buddies gatherings will run from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Each meet-up will have a theme, with activities and interactions designed to teach our student participants more about that topic. See below for brief descriptions about these events.

  • February 10, 2018: Canton Meet-up: Winter Olympics activities and games (indoors!)
  • March 24, 2018:Northampton Meet-up: Working together to make treats, and enjoying our snacks while viewing videos about inspiring deaf role models. (Previously scheduled for March 10; meet-up moved to Mach 24 as of 2/13.)
  • April 28, 2018: Canton Meet-up: Field trip! TBD—student participants will work together to choose the location and activity.


All in-person gatherings take place on Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech campuses in Northampton and Canton, Massachusetts.

What does Clarke Buddies Cost?

The fee for Clarke Buddies is a flat rate of $35 for three meet-ups at one location (Northampton OR Canton) and $50 for those who would like to attend all SIX meet-ups in Northampton and Canton!


The goal of the “Buddies” program is to connect students who are deaf or hard of hearing and build a sense of community. By doing this, students can reduce feelings of isolation, create a sense of support and community among students with hearing loss, raise confidence, establish new friendships, develop a sense of identity, develop leadership skills, and gain advice about situations relating to hearing loss.

Meet the Program Coordinator Northampton

Emily Plant is an itinerant teacher of the deaf in her sixth year of teaching. She has worked with a wide range of students spanning from preschool to high school and came to Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Northampton, MA in 2015. Emily was a facilitator at the Clarke Buddies program last year, the coordinator of Clarke's Making Connections! program, and a teacher at the Clarke Camp, leading groups of students on hikes, camping trips, social bonding exercises, and encouraging students to go out of their comfort zones to try new things. She is looking forward to kick starting this year's Buddies program and seeing both new and familiar faces! Contact Emily at buddies@clarkeschools.org.

Meet the Program Coordinator Canton

Sarah Aronson is an itinerant teacher of the deaf at Clarke Boston. She completed her undergraduate degree in elementary education and child study and Spanish and her master's in education of the deaf at Smith College. Sarah has also worked children who are deaf or hard of hearing as a figure skating coach. She is excited to be a part of Clarke Buddies and facilitating these opportunities for students with hearing loss to connect outside of the academic setting. Contact Sarah at buddies@clarkeschools.org.

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Welcome to the "Buddies" program for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. We're excited that you've chosen to apply to participate. Please answer the following questions to help us learn more about you.


We will do our best to match everyone based on preferences but not all preferences may be accommodated.

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The fee for Clarke Buddies is as follows:

$35 for three meet-ups in Northampton:

  • November 4, 2017
  • January 20, 2018
  • March 10, 2018

$35 for three meet-ups in Canton:

  • December 9, 2017
  • February 10, 2018
  • April 28, 2018

$50 for six meet-ups in both Northampton and Canton:

  • November 4, 2017 (N)
  • December 9, 2017 (C)
  • January 20, 2018 (N)
  • February 10, 2018 (C)
  • March 10, 2018 (N)
  • April 28, 2018 (C)

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Thank you for your application to the "Buddies" Program. Please submit the following forms to "Clarke Buddies" via fax (413.586.6654), email at buddies@clarkeschools.org or by using the below mailing address by Friday, November 3, 2017. If you have a smart phone, you may take a photo of each completed form and email the photos.


Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
Attn: Clarke Buddies
45 Round Hill Rd.
Northampton, MA 01060


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