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Match of the Month

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Our School-Based Match of the month is lunch buddies Audrianna and Natasha from Utica High School an Utica Elementary.

Audrianna and Natasha were matched at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. They began their friendship in the Lunch Buddy Program at Utica Elementary.

Audrianna is a freshman at Utica High School and wanted to become a Big so that she could be a mentor for a young child. Audrianna is involved in FFA, student government, and girls’ basketball. She is also a freshman class officer. She enjoys baking and spending time with her family.

Natasha is a second-grade student at Utica Elementary. She likes stuffed animals and playing outside. In the winter, Natasha especially loves building snowmen. Natasha hopes to grow up to be a mom and a teacher. She wants to help students the way her teachers have helped her.

Audrianna and Natasha enjoy making crafts and coloring. They also like to play a competitive game of Guess Who? Natasha and Audrianna spend time on the playground, sliding and swinging. Audrianna is a great role model for Natasha at school by modeling manners, kindness, and good sportsmanship. Natasha always sends Audrianna away with a smile!

Next fall, Audrianna and Natasha look forward to their continued friendship in the Lunch Buddy program at Utica Elementary!