On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, #GetInTouchForHutch and Upper Grand ETFO presented Buddy Benches to École Harris Mill Public School in Rockwood, and East Garafraxa Public School in Marsville. The Buddy Benches are a part of the #GetInTouchForHutch committee’s mandate to bring awareness to Mental Health issues and to break down the associated stigma. In our elementary schools this includes fostering friendships, supporting kindness and inclusion, and providing a place for conversations to begin. Committee Chair, Myrna Hutchison, spoke to each school at an assembly. She shared the ideas behind the bench and talked about how other schools have used their benches so that students know that they are #NeverAlone.
Funding for the benches is shared; #GetInTouchForHutch pays half the cost, Upper Grand ETFO subsidizes $500, and each school is responsible for the remaining amount of $135. We look forward to extending this partnership next year. Watch for information about the 2017-18 Bench lottery!