Buddy Bench Ball aims to pre­vent bul­ly­ing

Seaway News - - Opinion - SHAWNA O’NEILL shawna.oneill@tc.tc SHAWNA O’NEILL shawna.oneill@tc.tc

CORN­WALL, On­tario – For stu­dents who ex­pe­ri­ence bul­ly­ing, hav­ing the courage to tell some­one may be daunt­ing. The sup­port­ers of Girls Night Out are look­ing to make the process eas­ier by im­ple­ment­ing Buddy Benches as bea­cons of safety in lo­cal schools.

On Sept. 22, Girls Night Out will be host­ing a dance, for all gen­ders, at 7 p.m. at the Army Navy Air Force Club. All funds raised will be put to­wards the benches.

The Buddy Bench pro­gram has been a suc­cess in parts of the U.S. and Canada, even here in Corn­wall, ac­cord­ing to La­marche.

If a stu­dent is be­ing bul­lied or strug­gling with some­thing, they can sit on the bench to sig­nal their feel­ings. Des­ig­nated stu­dents will then ap­proach them and of­fer to play, talk or sit down with a staff mem­ber.

Benches range be­tween $300 and $700, de­pend­ing on what the school is al­lowed to have. La­marche is cur­rently in the process of reach­ing out to schools in the area to see if they want to be in­volved. De­pend­ing on the amount fundraised and the num­ber of schools in­volved, La­marche will draw the names of the suc­cess­ful schools on the night of the dance.

The Buddy Bench dance will start at 7 p.m. and will cost $15 at the door. There will also be a 50/50 draw, the chance to win a wine bas­ket and live karaoke singers. Those in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing a ticket are en­cour­aged to call La­marche at 613-363-8948 or email her at nla­marche­girlpower@gmail.com. Go to www.corn­wallsea­waynews.com for the rest of this great story PLUS ad­di­tional SN cov­er­age.

The Eastern On­tario Health Unit is warn­ing that pop­u­la­tions of black­legged ticks are in­creas­ing in the area, and ap­prox­i­mately 20 per cent of them carry the Lyme bac­te­ria.

KINS­MEN FARMER’S MAR­KET The Kins­men Farmer’s Mar­ket runs ev­ery Sun­day un­til Oct. 28 in the park­ing lot at St. Lawrence Col­lege from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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