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The new Buddy Bench at Coast Meridian Elementary.
Students at Martha Currie and Coast Meridian elementary schools have helped create a safe and caring place for students.
Both schools are the latest to design a Buddy Bench – a spot where children who feel lonely, sad or left out can sit until they see an opportunity to join others, or they are invited to play. The only rule is if asked, the student must say yes!
Provided by Variety – The Children's Charity and Surrey Schools, the benches were painted by students to reflect the school's character and highlight the PSST (Protecting Surrey Schools Together) website.
Buddy Benches are meant to foster friendships and encourage kindness, empathy, inclusion and compassion. Woodward Hill Elementary received one last year and two more schools are slated to have them installed in September.
The front and back of the new Buddy Bench at Martha Currie Elementary.