Shave the Beard: Baldwin teacher competing to become Best Buddies champion

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A Baldwin High School special education teacher is competing to become the statewide champion for Best Buddies by promising a student a chance to shave his long beard.

Eric Jankoski, 38, of Scott, helped launch a chapter of Best Buddies – a global organization that focuses on inclusion for people with disabilities – at Baldwin High School last year. The chapter pairs students with disabilities to students without disabilities to foster friendships between the two.

Since its launch, the program has around 40 students involved, Jankoski said, and more have recently signed up. His involvement with the chapter, paired with the work he already does within the high school for students with disabilities, caught the attention Best Buddies.

β€œHe lives and breathes what Best Buddies is all about,”

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