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Best Buddies and Panhellenic Prepare a Halloween Treat

    College students in collaboration can accomplish great things. We see examples of this all over Auburn’s campus, and this week we witnessed a great one.

    Auburn University Panhellenic Council and Auburn University Best Buddies collaborated to create a Trick-or-Treat event for people in our community with disabilities. .

    Addison Comes, president of the Best Buddies chapter at Auburn, talked about the event.

    “The Halloween party is a great tradition for Best Buddies and Panhellenic to collaborate together,” Comes said.

    The event is held annually in the sorority halls within the Village Residential complex. The fun begins in early evening in the host sorority’s chapter room. The host chapter serves pizza and drinks for members of the Best Buddies program.

    Kitty Gray, the Panhellenic delegate for the host sorority, attended the beginning pizza party.

    “The best part was seeing the reactions on their faces,” Gray said. She enjoyed being able to help by offering the food and space.

After the food has been served, the trick-or-treating begins.

    “Each sorority has a table outside of their chapter room,” Comes explained. “They all dress up and hand out candy.”

    The college students who work with the program and their buddies dress up as their favorite duos and walk to each chapter to collect as much candy as they can. Comes said it is wonderful that all of the Panhellenic women dress up for the event as well.

    Best Buddies is a program that pairs college students with members in the community with special needs. The Auburn chapter currently has 90 buddies and more than 100 college students who participate.

    The program offers eight events annually, allowing college students and opportunities to foster meaningful friendships with their buddies.

    What’s the best part of being involved?

    “Definitely the relationships I’ve made,” Comes said. “I have 90 of the best friends I could have ever imagined.”

    If you are interested in becoming involved with Best Buddies, they have information tables set up on the Haley Center concourse during O-Days. Applications will be available after O-Days and there is an interview process.

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