BCHS students have great time with Fun with Friends group

By ALLEN MINCEY Staff Writer
Posted 9/24/17

Members of the Fun with Friends group had a special time Tuesday as they played and talked with students from Bradley Central High School.

Matt Moody, a BCHS teacher and coach, helped set up …

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Members of the Fun with Friends group had a special time Tuesday as they played and talked with students from Bradley Central High School.

Matt Moody, a BCHS teacher and coach, helped set up the special morning with the Fun with Friends, a social activities group for young adults with special needs.

“I do a class that is a community service class at Bradley,” Moody said. “It’s a new thing we are doing this year. A couple of other teachers have classes, and we go out for different events and different activities. We do a different community service every nine weeks.”

Moody said the group that met with Fun with Friends Tuesday was composed of football players, cheerleaders and member of the DECA club, to name a few.

“We have a really good relationship with (Fun with Friends), and they do a lot with Bradley High School and our football program, and a lot of the (community service class) kids like to come over here,” he said.

In fact, Fun with Friends members were able to suit up in football uniforms earlier this year and practice with BCHS players.

“You can’t really describe the feeling when you walk in and see these kids jumping up and down — they are so excited to see them,” Moody said. “Hopefully this is something we can continue to do.”

Dylan Standifer, a BCHS football player, said he enjoys being with the Fun with Friends group.

“I love it. They make my day ever time I see them,” he said. “There are a bunch of them who come and watch our games, so it is good to come over and continue the good relationship we have.”

“They have the biggest hearts I have ever seen, and they are passionate about Bradley,” he continued.

Kaylee Joyner, the president of the BCHS community service organization, agreed with Standifer, and the smile she had when talking about working with Fun with Friends showed that.

“It is super fun, I love working with them and it makes my day,” Joyner said. “They have every reason to have a bad attitude every day, but they don’t.

“I learn just as much being with them as they do from me or the class,” she added. “It’s a great opportunity, and we love it.”

Sara Mullis, a sophomore at BCHS, said “It’s amazing how happy they are every day, and it makes me happy to be with them. They put everything into everything,” she added.

“I had a great time with them today. This is what it is all about — having fun with friends,” said Fun with Friends participant Heather Collins.

“I like the Bears, and I like the (Tennessee) Titans too,” said Jimmy Miller, a Fun with Friends participant.

Catherine Patten with Fun with Friends noted the group would be traveling to the Tennessee Aquarium for a field trip later in the afternoon. She said the group members are excited about the trip.

They were also excited about the BCHS students coming to meet them.

“It’s been wonderful. We played kickball and cornhole and fishing, got to eat lunch together,” she said. “It is good for us and it is good for the Bradley students.

“We usually get some volunteers from these events, and they get where they want to volunteer to help their community, even as young as they are,” Patten said. “It happened to me in high school. I believe we will see some volunteers come from this.”

To learn about Fun with Friends, and volunteer with the group, go to the organization’s Facebook page, or contact Patten or Bryan and Betsy Gentry.

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