When you go outside for recess at Mackenzie Community School (MCS), you will see a new piece of furniture. It is a bench. It is a very special bench called a Buddy Bench. Our Buddy Bench was built by a student at MCS, here, in our high school woodworking class.
For most students recess is a fun time. However for some students it can be a lonely time if they don't have someone to play with. Sometimes it is hard looking for a playmate. Feeling lonely or left out happens to most of us at one time or another. It is also true that most people would like to help or be a friend to someone who is feeling lonely, and by seeing someone sitting on the Buddy Bench a person can be a friend to someone who is looking for a friend.
So let's try it out! If you see someone on the Buddy Bench you can ask if they’d like to play, or, you can join them on the bench for a conversation. Let's continue to try and make MCS a place where everyone feels like they belong. If you see someone sitting on the bench...maybe you can become their new friend!