What it is:
The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. It can be used:
If you are new to the school.
If you want to make new friends.
If your friends aren't at school that day.
If you want to play something different than what your friend is playing.
By sitting on the bench, you let other students know that you are looking for a friend to play with.
"The bench is more than a bench; it's a tool. It's a tool to educate the children that they have to be inclusive."
Learn more: Building connection through buddy benches
Bench 1: Is located beside the playground on 28th Ave. It was hand-painted by Sunnyside teacher Mrs. MacKay.
Bench 2: Will be installed near the lower playground, once the school expansion is complete.