Buddy Benches

Three Redcliff schools the recipients of new Buddy Benches

July 13, 2016

Redcliff, AB - RMAP (Redcliff Mennonite Alternative Program School), Margaret Wooding School and I.F. Cox School students will have a new place to go to meet new friends this September.  Buddy Benches, donated by the Medicine Hat Kinette Club, are ready to be installed at the three Redcliff schools this summer. 

With the Buddy Bench program, an ordinary bench is placed in the schoolyard. The idea is that kids who are looking for playmates can sit on the bench to signal they would like someone to come ask them to play.

“The Buddy Bench is a terrific tool to help students build friendships,” says Margaret Wooding School principal Craig Corsie.  “There are always students who struggle with approaching other children to play.  The bench is a great way for students to show that they would like someone to play with, and for other children to recognize who could use a friend.  It also helps the staff see which students may need some extra adult support with building relationships.”

The benches were purchased with funds raised through the Kinette’s annual Ladies Night Out event.  In addition to the three Redcliff benches, another 6 benches have been purchased and donated to schools in Medicine Hat.  The total cost of the project is $8,658.09.