Author and educator of the year celebrates Independence by growing buddy culture in St Lucia

Author and educator of the year celebrates Independence by growing buddy culture in St Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – Author Loverly Sheridan is the recent recipient of the prestigious Palm Beach Illustrated Educator of the year award.

Her efforts as an educator and advocate are reaping rewards, and she has pledged to honour her island home on its 41st Independence Anniversary. Ms. Sheridan announced her intention to complete the installation of forty-one (41) Buddy Benches by the end of the year 2020.

Sheridan is set to launch a new round of her Buddy Ambassadors Campaign in Saint Lucia this week. On Thursday February 20 at 1:00 p.m. the Belle Vue Combined School will be the recipient of a Buddy Bench and will induct its first group of Buddy Ambassadors. On Friday February 21 at 9:00 am, and at 1:00 p.m. The Des Barras Combined and Babonneau Secondary schools, respectively, will join the Buddy Ambassadors movement.

The educator will also be collaborating with the Ministry of Education to facilitate a teachers’ workshop on nurturing a buddy culture in the classroom. Sheridan reflects on the theme for this year’s Independence celebration “Now is the time, let’s do this together!” as a call to action for all segments of the population to use their passion and skills toward creating a more harmonious future for present and upcoming generations.

“I believe the Buddy Ambassadors/ Buddy Bench campaign is a testimony of what we can achieve when we truly work together. To date, as a collective, we have made presentations and placed benches at 27 schools in Saint Lucia! All in one and a half years!” said Sheridan.

Ms. Sheridan believes that if we teach children about the effects of their actions, and the importance of teamwork, sharing, compassion and empathy from an early age, we can help curb some of our larger societal problems. This belief is what inspired the “Buddy Ambassadors/Buddy Bench” program/ initiative.

“I would like to thank the Ministry of Education in Saint Lucia for endorsing the campaign, all of the individuals and corporate sponsors who sponsored the program to a school of their choice, all the amazing volunteers, principals, teachers, and students. And last, but definitely not least, Jonathan Gladding, who shared in my vision from inception, and created the first ten benches! I honour and celebrate you all. Thank you for all for sharing the vision and helping to create a Buddy culture in schools!” said Sheridan.

On Monday February 24, students will receive their Buddy Benches and become Buddy Ambassadors at the Morne Du Don Primary at 9:00 a.m. and the Millet Combined School at 1:00 p.m. Ms. Sheridan will conclude this leg of the campaign on Wednesday February 26, 2020. She will return later in the year to meet her goal of forty-one (41) benches for Saint Lucia’s 41st Independence Anniversary.


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