Friendship Story: From A N.Y.S Compeer Director – Youth Program

Bonnie had been a high school English teacher for many years when she met Kate, then ten and in the fifth grade at a special school for emotionally disturbed children. Largely due to their Compeer friendship, Kate progressed through special education class in a public school to mainstreamed high school classes to graduating cum laude from a community college. Now about thirty, Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from SUN.Y. at Geneseo. Bonnie says, “Ours is a wonderful story of mutual growth and understanding, of two people meeting and having their lives equally enriched.