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Roanoke City schools grow special education program

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Roanoke City Schools are making a difference for special education students with a growing program.

It's called "The Buddy Club" and it's helping socialize students in special education with their peers.

We caught up with James Madison Middle School students as they decorated sugar cookies in Buddy Club.

The program started at Patrick Henry High School three years ago and has grown to four other city schools.

The whole goal is to bring awareness to students with disabilities and even prevent bullying.

"I'm just so proud of all of them they're all here for different reasons and I think that's great and I hope that this spreads and it's something that as a city we'll do together and everyone will have one," explained Ashley Loya, JMMS Special Education Teacher.

School leaders want to expand the program in the future, but right now the focus remains on middle and high school students.

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