Meet In The Middle makes a difference
November 17, 2016
Meet in the Middle (MIM) is an organization that helps the student body get involved and acquainted with Life Skills students. MIM recently introduced a leadership team to the organization. The president is Baylea Perry, Vice President is Maccoy Head and the other officers include: Cody Janis, Brieann Wheat, Abbey Brown and Chrisleigh Longlois.
Team Force teacher Terrie Parker has been the sponsor of MIM for almost six years and said it is a very beneficial organization to be a part of. Students with or without intellectual disabilities are encouraged to join.
“MIM is designed to bring together youth of all abilities to participate in leadership, fitness, and service-learning activities,” Parker said. “Students build peer relationships while having fun, developing new skills, and serving their schools and communities. Personally, I witness each of these descriptors being met in our group, students with and without ID are learning about one another and forming relationships as well as learning important skills for life!”
Sophomore Maccoy Head has been a part of MIM since his freshman year when he discovered the organization through a friend. Head said he decided to join because it was an opportunity to meet and help people he may otherwise never have met.
“It makes me feel good by helping such an awesome group of people,” Head said.
The leadership group helps plan the MIM trips and also assist the Team Force students on trips. Many times, MIM members find that the Team Force students are not the only ones who benefit from the organization.
“It has shown me that no matter what you’ve been through keep a good attitude and smile,” Longlois said.”Some of these kids have gone through more than you can imagine and they almost always have a smile on their faces.”
MIM has proven to be a perspective-changing club, as it has shown all students that no matter their differences, they can come together and learn so much as a team.
“It showed me that the kids are amazing and normal just like you and I, and they want the same things as us, to hang out and make new friends,” Head said.