Lola PiscopoMs. Lola Piscopo has been awarded Cotting School’s Augustus Thorndike Fellowship for the summer of 2018. Lola’s project, entitled “Better Buddies”, was selected from a group of outstanding proposals from a number of Cotting School faculty and staff applicants.

This summer Lola will refine the quality and expand the scope of Best Buddies programming at Cotting School through this Fellowship. Best Buddies envisions a world where people with Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) are successfully integrated into schools, workplaces, and communities. The organization works with middle school, high school, and college students, community members, corporations and employers about the emotional, functional, and natural needs and abilities of people with IDD.

Best Buddies offers three distinct types of programming: Friendships, Leadership, and Jobs. Currently Cotting School offers students a “Middle School Best Buddies Chapter” (in collaboration with Meadowbrook School) and an “Upper School Best Buddies Chapter” (in collaboration with Buckingham Browne & Nichols). The mission and tenets of Best Buddies both mirror and compliment the vision of Cotting School.

Lola’s work will pay dividends for Cotting School students and staff for years to come.

The Thorndike Fellowship honors the multi-generational commitment of the Thorndike Family, beginning with the co-founding of the school by Dr. Augustus Thorndike in 1893, and continuing generation after generation to the present.

Congratulations to Lola Piscopo on receiving this honor!

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