Gates Best Buddies 2019-20


Informational Kick-off Meetings: October 4 and 7 at ALL lunches!

REGISTRATION BEGINS Tuesday, October 8  6:00pm; Fills VERY Quickly  

    Maximum Students = 100    

Best Buddies provides peer mentor and social thinking training opportunities as well as many field trips and social activities for ALL students to participate!  

Gates Best Buddies enhances a caring and compassionate school community that practices inclusion, involvement, peer assistance and acceptance of differences.  Interested students will apply for the program through an online PARENT registration and a handwritten STUDENT motivation form.  Members will attend training programs throughout the year plus additional field trips and activities after school. Trainings provide members with sufficient knowledge and skills to enable them to serve as peer supports for students with disabilities, while all students get to enjoy activities and field trips in an inclusive, accepting and relaxed social atmosphere. We will meet periodically on Monday lunches and Thursdays at 2:45pm (end time based on event), with the opportunity to participate in additional in-school activities later this year.  Tentative schedule is posted below.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Selected students are expected to commit to all training sessions and field trips.  If there are 2 unexcused absences, the student will be replaced by another applicant.   


STEP 1: FIRST Parents are required to fill out the on-line registration below for student information and liability signatures.  WITHOUT THE PARENT REGISTRATION, THE STUDENT DOES NOT HAVE A SPOT.   

STEP 2: ALL students will need to fill out a HANDWRITTEN brief paragraph explaining why he/she wants to be a part of Best Buddies.  If a child is on an IEP or has difficulty writing, he/she can talk to the program instructors: Heidi Branca, Meredith Hilditch, Nancy Driscoll or Rick English.  Forms are located in the Gates Main Office Bin.  Deadline for student motivation form is October 15.

IF REGISTRATION IS FULL, PLEASE EMAIL to be placed on wait list

Questions?: Please contact Heidi Branca, Meredith Hilditch, Nancy Driscoll or Rick English

Sponsored by:

Scituate CORSE Foundation (Community of Resources for Special Education) 


Gates Middle School


Heidi Branca, Nancy Driscoll, Meredith Hilditch, Rick English

Registration Information:

The CORSE Foundation (Community of Resources for Special Education) was established by a group of dedicated parents and educators to raise funds to provide high quality and affordable programming, training and resources that will benefit children with special needs, their parents and educators throughout South Shore Massachusetts.  CORSE has designed an innovative model within a blended framework of integrated and specialized social, academic, recreation, therapeutic and work skills development programs so children with special needs can reach their full potential.  Our variety of programs are staffed appropriately through customized staffing ratios and special education expertise so ALL children, those with and without special needs, can successfully participate together within their community

Register Now! 

PLEASE NOTE: There is a glitch in the constant contact system where some registrations get reset to blank before confirmation. The company is aware of the issue and working on it. Please try again immediately and it should go through. If it does not, email and we will register you. 

If you are registering more than one child, you will need to register under 2 different email addresses.  We apologize for this inconvenience, but it is a requirement of this particular software. 

Student Motivation Forms can be picked up & dropped off in the Main Office with two bins (blank forms & return forms)

PLEASE REMEMBER:  To keep our programs as affordable as possible, CORSE supplements 75%-100%of all our programming costs and is run entirely by unpaid volunteers.  Thus, our administrative overhead is only 4.9%. In order to continue our beneficial programs, please consider a donation to CORSE. ALL donations are greatly appreciated!  


For 2019, these programs have been generously supported by grant funding received from the Grace E. Brooks Trust, Evan Henry Foundation, Edwin Phillips Foundation, South Shore Playhouse Associates, Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation as well as our community fundraising supporters.