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[r24] Rep. Braun welcomes Best Buddies at Statehouse
Start Date: 3/13/2013Start Time: 9:00 AM
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STATEHOUSE — State Representative Steve Braun (R-Zionsville) welcomed two participants from the Best Buddies program, Grant Lutz and Ryan Meyer, to the House of Representatives during today’s legislative session. Participating in the Best Buddies Indiana Page Day, they served as pages for Rep. Braun.

“The page program is a great opportunity for students,” said Rep. Braun. “I was so impressed by the participants of the Best Buddies program that came to the Statehouse today, and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to have students from my district see a day of session.”

Along with visiting the capitol building and touring locations such as the governor's office, the chambers of the Indiana House and Senate and the Indiana Supreme Court, the 2 students, both from Westfield High School also had the chance to witness floor sessions and committee meetings, in addition to helping legislators and staff members.

Since 1995, Best Buddies has paired students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one friendships with high school students. In the past, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have not had the opportunity to have friends outside of their own special education classroom. By introducing Best Buddies into public and private high schools, participants are crossing the invisible line that too often separates those with disabilities from those without.

“There is nothing better than being a part of the legislative process for a day, and this was a great way for the legislature to connect with the Best Buddies program” said Rep. Braun. “I always enjoy when pages come in to learn about their state government, and I highly encourage students to apply to come see a day firsthand.”

Interested students are encouraged to schedule their visit quickly, as spots fill up fast. Pages are asked to include two different dates when they can come to the Statehouse, which will be accepting pages until the end of April. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are the best days to serve because that is when the House is in session. There are no pages on Fridays. To sign up, visit www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/off_cms/page or call (800) 382-9842.

Contact Information:
Name: Ali Norman
Phone: 317-232-9824
Email: anorman@iga.in.gov
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