Annual Shadow Buddies Trip Best in 14 Years!

Mr. Lazzo, Shadow Buddies sponsor for years, took students to the assisted living center to interact with the residents. When asked if this trip was successful, he exclaimed, “It was the best Shadow Buddies trip we’ve had in the 14 years we’ve been doing it. We went to a new nursing home and it was very well-organized and everyone was very, very nice! We take 55-60 students each time.” Who plans this and how did it start? “I plan the trips. Shadow Buddies started in 2002 when the guidance counselor made me aware  the opportunity. I made a couple phone calls and got it going.” Why do you take the time to do this? “I enjoy seeing the interaction between our kids and the elderly. It’s cool to see how nice our kids are to them.” When asked why the kids did this, Mr. Lazzo stated, “Well, most of its probably to get out of school, but I think they enjoy the interaction with the old people as well as the old people do.” What do you like best about Shadow Buddies? “The smiles on the faces of the old people when they get to visit with these Central Middle School kids that they normally wouldn’t get to. And also the smiles on the faces of our kids when they hear something funny from one of the elderly.”