Buddies: Meet-ups for Kids and Teens!

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. To maintain this commitment to well-being, Clarke Buddies in-person meet-ups are canceled. If you have any questions, please email us at buddies@clarkeschools.org.


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Meet-ups in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania

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, monthly 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.

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.

Clarke Buddies in Massachusetts

For students who are deaf or hard of hearing, Ages 6-17

Who?

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

What?

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. 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.

When?

Clarke Buddies will run from December 2019 through April 2020. The first meeting 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.

In Northampton, Buddies gatherings will run from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. For all other MA gatherings, times will vary so please be sure to note the times during the registration process.

  • Saturday, December 7, 2019: Boston MetroWest Meet-up
  • Saturday, January 11, 2020: Boston South Shore Meet-up
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020: Boston South Shore Meet-up
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020: Boston MetroWest Meet-up
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020: 45 Round Hill Road, Northampton, MA Meet-up
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020: Boston South Shore & MetroWest Combined Meet-up

Where?

Northampton Buddies gatherings will take place at Clarke Northampton, at 45 Round Hill Rd., Northampton, MA 01060. All other MA gathering locations will vary so please note the location in the meet-up description on the registration page.

What does Clarke Buddies Cost in Massachusetts?

Boston South Shore and Metro West Meet-ups: $45 for three meet-ups (any three) and $70 for all five

Northampton Meet-ups: $10 for one meet-up



Clarke Buddies in Pennsylvania

For students who are deaf or hard of hearing, Ages 10-17

Clarke Buddies in Pennsylvania is made possible, in part, by the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.

Who?

This program is for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, ages 10-17, who use listening and spoken language and live in the Philadelphia area.

When?

Dates coming soon!

Where?

Meet-ups will occur at Clarke Philadelphia's campus or in the surrounding counties. The first meet-up will take at the Clarke Philadelphia campus at 2 Penn Blvd Suite 220 Philadelphia, PA.

What does Clarke Buddies Cost in Pennsylvania?

There is a flat-rate fee of $35 for three meet-ups.


Contact Us

Boston area inquiries: buddies-boston@clarkeschools.org

Northampton inquiries: buddies-northampton@clarkeschools.org

Philadelphia inquiries: buddies-philly@clarkeschools.org


Meet the Clarke Buddies Team


Meet the Program Coordinator for the Northampton Area

Emily Snow is an itinerant teacher of the deaf in her seventh 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 of the Clarke Buddies program for the last two years, the coordinator of Clarke's Making Connections! program, and a teacher at Clarke's Summer 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!


Meet the Program Coordinator for the Boston Area

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 with 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.




Meet the Program Coordinator for the Philadelphia Area

Laura Flaim is an itinerant teacher of the deaf teaching at Clarke Philadelphia. She completed her undergraduate degree at Penn State in communication sciences and disorders and her master's in education of the deaf at Bloomsburg University. She is excited to facilitate connections between students with hearing loss!