Students, staff and central administrators recently attended a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at Daly Elementary School in the Port Washington School District for the school’s new buddy benches.
Daly Elementary School Interim Principal Sheryl Haimovich explained that the benches are intended to promote unity and companionship among students, and that those who visit the benches can meet other students and develop new friendships.
Designs on the benches were painted by Daly students, and the structures were built by local artist John DiNaro. The project, which was completed in March, was funded by the school’s HSA parent organization and promoted by the school’s Character Education Committee.
After the official ribbon cutting for the benches, students took part in a character education song and dance, which made for a fitting conclusion to the joyous day. Students pledged to use the benches responsibly, and to continue to exhibit honesty, kindness and tolerance toward others.