The Heartwood Buddy Bench

Thu Oct 6

Last year a video about Willowgrove School made it’s way from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada all the way to our very own Heartwood Montessori Families Facebook page. The piece, originally aired by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), told the story of a Buddy Bench that had been installed on the school’s playground. The intention of the bench was to provide a place for children to go when they were lonely and didn’t know who to play with. The idea was that if other children saw a student on the bench, they woul14344350_10206891663320664_7916199162647581477_nd recognize that a fellow student needed help to feel included and they would be able to act.

A lot of our families thought this was a wonderful idea and envisioned a Buddy Bench on our playground here at Heartwood. As a result, Scott Rutherford, a parent at the school, generously offered to build us one! A beautiful new bench was delivered to the school in no time at all and was ready for our students to make it their own. Ms. Courtney, our dedicated art teacher, was just as excited as the kids to get started.

The bench is painted in vibrant purples, pinks, greens and blues. When I asked Ms. Courtney about the circle theme she had chosen for the project she said, “ When our kids first start learning about fractions, they don’t use numbers. They use shapes. The circle represents “the whole and at Heartwood we are all a part of that whole”. I wanted to use it in our art because we are all friends here at Heartwood. We are all connected. The kids know that, too.”

The bench will be unveiled to the students as a group once it’s completed. There is no doubt that Heartwood’s Buddy Bench will provide comfort to many of our students and the opportunity to practice kindness for even more.

Closed For The School Year Due To COVID-19

Heartwood Is No Longer Accepting Applications for 2020-2021

We have made the incredibly difficult decision to furlough our school program for the 2020-21 school year. The best interest of the health and safety of our community, the financial stability of our families, and the Montessori educational experience for our students are our deciding factors. Read more here.