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, 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.

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 December 2018 through May 2019. The first meeting on December 1, 2018 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.

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018: Northampton Meet-up
  • Saturday, January 5, 2019: Canton Meet-up
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019: Northampton Meet-up
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 cancelled and rescheduled for March 16: Canton Meet-up
  • Saturday, April 6, 2019: Northampton Meet-up
  • Saturday, May 4, 2019: Canton Meet-up


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 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! 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 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. Contact Sarah at buddies@clarkeschools.org.