AHS and BIP students meet up for annual football game

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Owen Maxwell
Ann Ringwood/Wicked Local staff photographer

Owen Maxwell joins the football players in a cheer after they finished warming up and were headed to the formation.

By Maria Chutchian/Staff Writer

Posted Nov 17, 2010 @ 05:32 PM
Arlington, Mass. —

About 40 students enrolled in the Behavioral Intervention Program (BIP) through the Lexington, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont and Burlington (LABBB) special education collaborative took part in the annual after-school football game organized by the Arlington High School football team and the AHS Best Buddies chapter.

LABBB Arlington and Wellington BIP Program Director Sherry Krause-Mazza said the students, some parents, coaches and teachers all showed up for the event Monday afternoon. The Best Buddies chapter was just introduced to Arlington this year and is an offshoot of the Special Olympics.

“The football team is wonderful. They set up all kinds of drills for the kids and the kids just love it, they thrive on it,” Krause-Mazza said.

She said AHS special education teachers established the yearly game with coaches years ago, which a former LABBB program director said began in 2001 or 2002. More events with LABBB, Best Buddies and various other AHS sports teams will take place throughout the year.

“The climate and spirit at AHS is like no other high school I’ve ever seen,” Krause-Mazza said. “The spirit and the whole school, the acceptance of diversity in the school is beyond belief.”

Staff Writer Maria Chutchian can be reached by e-mailingmchutchi@cnc.com.

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