In the spirit of Thanksgiving, and PFO’s gratitude campaign, I am expressing my gratitude for Samantha Calder. Sam was my first buddy partner, and was part of my small group. We were also in the same arts experience. Sam, as a returning teen, was a great help to me in adjusting to PFO and learning about the organization. Our buddy was non-verbal, and it was a little difficult interacting with her, but Sam’s attitude and disposition helped me gain confidence to spend time with her.