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Roden Public School, Equinox Holistic Alternative School launch Buddy Bench

Roden Public School, Equinox Holistic Alternative School launch Buddy Bench

Friday, November 20, 2015
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

The week of November 15-21, 2015 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario and students at Roden Public School and Equinox Holistic Alternative School learned about empathy and the power of friendship at a school assembly that officially launched a new installation at the two east-end Toronto schools. A buddy bench was added to the playground earlier this fall. 

“The idea behind it is simple yet effective,” said Principal Mark Lasso. “It serves as a meeting point for students who are looking for a buddy or who want to be a buddy and provides opportunities to enhance student leadership, build increased empathy, and strengthen the sense of community between and at the two schools.” 

He added that the bench is already popular with parents and students alike and has provided a starting point for conversations about important issues. "Our schools are safe places for children and this is one more way we're trying to keep it that way."

The TDSB’s character education trait for the month of November is empathy and the assembly also included an update of the Roots of Empathy program operating in both schools. Roots of Empathy started in Toronto schools and is now available across Canada. Its focus is on raising levels of empathy, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships everywhere.

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