“I’d like to thank you for the fantastic ‘Kill It With Kindness’ bench that you donated to Seneca Village Community Centre. We will be promoting to the staff to share and how to communicate their needs through the tool of the bench. Thanks again for providing us with this anti-bullying , caring, tool.”
Community Recreation Programmer
Seneca Village Community Centre
“Since our Friendship Bench has arrived in November, we have had nothing but compliments ans inquiries about it! We also use the bench a sa tool to increase awareness on bullying and about how to solve disputes without violence and/or confrontations. We love what this bench symbolizes and what it has done for our community.”
Community Recreation Supervisor
Driftwood Community Centre
“From the start, I was interested in being involved with the Friendship Bench Project. This project, sponsored by Kill It With Kindness and Upper Grand District School Board ETFO, aims to directly target bullying in schools, and I saw the possibility of positive outcomes for the students of Taylor Evans Public School. Character Development is an important part of the philosophy of Taylor Evans Public School and the Upper Grand District School Board, and is the foundation for excellence and equity in all of our schools. We strive to show compassion, fairness, responsibility, respect and honesty every day through both our words and actions. The Friendship Bench helps to support character development by giving all students a safe place to be themselves and feel respected by their peers. As students work to help each other, they express their selflessness and compassionate side.
Being a part of the Friendship Bench Project has allowed me to see that simple acts of kindness can have a huge impact. Our class took on this project knowing that we had an opportunity to impact the students of Taylor Evans in a positive way. I know that this bench, and what it represents, will leave a long lasting impression in the minds of both my classmates and myself as it is something that will remain with us throughout our lives.
Throughout this bench project, and the efforts that our school has put towards tackling bullying, I have learned that, “Too often, we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around”. This quote by Leo Buscaglia, is a sound reminder for everyone at Taylor Evans Public School that we can make a difference by showing the smallest acts of kindness.”
Taylor Evans Public School
“We feel so blessed to have one of your special benches at our school. Already had a student sit on the bench and talk to a friend. When she got up she said, “I feel better already, that bench must be magic!”
School Counselor (15 years)
Goldwood Primary School