Friendship Benches are Here
“For whatever reason, if they're having a bad day, they can sit on the bench and let somebody know that they need a friend.”
– Acacia Woodley (age 15) Founder of Tiny Girl Big Dream
Thanks to the help of a generous community member, four random elementary schools were chosen to install Friendship Benches for their schools – McKinley, Sierra Madre Elementary, Hamilton, and Madison.
Friendship benches, created by a young girl with a big dream Acacia Woodley, are a way to promote friendship and kindness. Friendship Benches are made of recycled milk bottles and are kid sized to fit in schools. Each is hand-painted with words of encouragement and positive character traits such as hope, respect, listen, dream and encourage
Having a bad day? Take a seat on a Friendship Bench and experience the kindness of your friends or make some new ones.
Here is what we have heard so far…
"Friendship benches have help our students make a friend and be a friend. It has become another way to spread friendship at Hamilton."
- Principal Frances Weissenberger - Hamilton
“Our new friendship bench has provided Madison and our students with a safe place to come together, make new friends, and be happy. This week as we celebrate Read Across America, and in this specific picture Character dress day, the kids and staff were able to tie in the bench as a meeting place to share their favorite characters from a book and enjoy literacy.”
- Principal Juan Rueles - Madison