Celebrating kindness, gratitude: MMS to dedicate “Buddy Bench” on Nov. 22

At a time when schools and communities are seeking to build unity and a culture of kindness, Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th Street, will dedicate a student-built “buddy bench” with a special ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at approximately 11:30 a.m.

measuring-croppedA “buddy bench” offers a safe spot for children to gather when they are looking for a friend or someone to play with. The motto of the buddy bench movement is “make buddies, not bullies.”

The bench was built from repurposed and new wood under the direction of Chad Cordell, an MMS parent volunteer. Students ages 3-14 honed math skills, learned carpentry and made new friends from all age levels in the process.

Well-known local artist Charly Hamilton worked with the children to add colorful touches to the finished bench. Students chose symbols that represent friendship, happiness and kindness to them.

Plus Program faculty Karen Kelly and Susie Newhouse coordinated the planning, construction and painting of the bench.

The MMS buddy bench will stand as a symbol of unity, friendship and thankfulness to all who visit the school, and hopefully spark a “buddy bench” movement throughout Charleston to build bridges among all sectors of the community.

artist-at-workThe Tuesday event will also kick of the 2016 MMS Giving Tuesday Annual Appeal, “Education in Living Color.”

For more information, contact:

MMS Director Jennifer Carriger: 304/342-7870, jcarriger@mountaineermontessori.org or

JoEllen Zacks, 312/622-3008 (cell-text), marketing@mountaineermontessori.org







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