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Best Buddies and Bagels -- Spread the Word!

Students who participate in Lower Merion High School's Best Buddies Program were invited to take part in the grand opening of a new eatery.

In November 2023, Best Buddies Matthew Hartstein and Declan Brophy, Alanna Urteaga and Oscar Theon, and Erin Fox and Delaney Baer teamed up with the folks at Wynnewood's Spread Bagelry to help make a new cream cheese and take part in a ribbon-cutting. 

Best Buddies and their families from both LM and Harriton were invited to attend the tasty event as well. 

Best Buddies is a program that builds one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), offering social interactions while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion. Best Buddies' mission aligns with LMSD's efforts to build belonging in our schools. #LMSDBuildingBelonging

Thanks to photographer Vlad Gurevitch for sharing the photos in the gallery below. 


Store officials and Best Buddies reps stand behind a student who cuts a blue ribbon with big scissors

Photos by Vlad Gurevich 

One student holds a big bowl as another spreads toppings on a bagel

Photos by Vlad Gurevich 

Chef Brooks and his “sous chef” Aubrey of Best Buddies pose back-to-back

Photos by Vlad Gurevich 

Best Buddies Area Director Kelly Bertolette and Program Manager Olivia Steckman post for a photo

Photos by Vlad Gurevitch

Students stand along a counter where bagels and fixings are on display

Photos by Vlad Gurevich 

Two rows of students in aprons pose for a photo

Photos by Vlad Gurevich 

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