Rina Campbell has been diligently working to follow up with our Buddy Bench schools! She has the full commitment from Tommy Sabin that he will do what he has to in order to get them in place. She hopes to work with Don Stevenson to do 2-3 bench installations each week before the weather turns.
Thus far, the only principal who contacted the district to schedule is Willard’s, so they will be our “test” bench.
The main hang ups are 2 things:
1- Concern that the benches will be lifted and removed from the schools, and
2- That the thin wood benches will not last long with our harsh winters.
The principal at Dawes has been pleased at how the kids pass our painted bench in the hall outside her office and talk about it. She wants to keep the bench inside as a symbol of our great school.
We are also researching materials for signs to be posted behind existing benches on the playgrounds- something colorful with “Buddy Bench,” like on their website: http://buddybench.org).