Buddy Bench Ball aims to prevent bullying
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to www.cornwallseawaynews.com for the rest of this great story PLUS additional SN coverage.
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