Shed men help stu­dents build bench

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

A GROUP of Man­ning Pri­mary School stu­dents learnt some handy skills when they teamed up with the Man­ning Men’s Shed to build a bench for their school.

Not only was the project great for Year 5 boys and men alike, the bench is now used in the school as a Buddy Bench, a place for stu­dents to go if they need a friend.

The build­ing of the bench was an on­go­ing project with the stu­dents and the Men’s Shed dur­ing Term 2 and was of­fi­cially un­veiled at a school assem­bly on Au­gust 10.

YouthCARE chap­lain Bianca Storer said the project had been re­ally ben­e­fi­cial to the stu­dents in­volved.

“In com­plet­ing the Buddy Bench, the Year 5 boys ben­e­fited from the con­nec­tion and friend­ship with Men’s Shed and the ful­fil­ment of cre­at­ing some­thing that will make a dif­fer­ence to Man­ning Pri­mary School,” she said.

“A Buddy Bench is sim­ply a place in our play­ground where we can go dur­ing re­cess or lunchtime to help any­one feel­ing lonely, sad or need­ing to solve dif­fi­cul­ties they are hav­ing with their friends or fel­low stu­dents.”

The school is look­ing for­ward to see­ing the im­pact the Buddy Bench will have on its stu­dent pop­u­la­tion and those who are ea­ger to make new friends.

Some of the stu­dents and Men’s Shed mem­bers who built the Buddy Bench.

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