Valley Vista Unveils Buddy Bench
Throughout the school year, Valley Vista Elementary has been working to promote character education and foster a positive school climate.
In collaboration with PTA, the school has installed a “Buddy Bench” on their playground. This bench will serve as a safe place for students to sit when they may be having a conflict with another student, may not have someone to play with, feeling sad or looking to build a new friendship.
“We are hoping that this bench will be a positive reminder to our students to reach out to others who may be in need of a ‘buddy,’” said Principal Jeff Hill.
As part of a district initiative, Valley Vista, Albion and Royal View have developed committees to implement a new OLWEUS bullying prevention program, which is set to launch in the 2015-2016 school year.
“Our goal is for the ‘Buddy Bench’ to serve as a simple and visible reminder on our playground, where we collectively will work together to spread kindness throughout our Valley Vista community,” concluded Hill.