Saint Lucian author to officially launch anti-bullying “Buddy Bench Campaign”

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Saint Lucian author to officially launch anti-bullying “Buddy Bench Campaign”
Loverly Sheridan
Loverly Sheridan

(PRESS RELEASE) – Anti-bullying author and youth advocate, Loverly Sheridan, will kick off the official launching of her international “Buddy Bench Campaign” — endorsed by the Ministry of Education and Infrastructure — at the Carmen Rene’ Memorial School on Monday, February 18, 2019.

‘BE A BUDDY, NOT A BULLY’ is a successful ongoing U.S. national anti-bullying campaign designed by Ms. Sheridan based on her program, “Buddy Ambassadors,” and book, ‘Be a Buddy Not a Bully,’ which is geared towards children in grades pre-K to 3, (ages 4 to 10) to help raise awareness and end bullying, as well as to promote friendliness and inclusiveness in schools.

The one-of-a-kind benches are created and designed by award-winning artist, Jonathan Guy Gladding.

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, that we can help curb some of our larger societal problems. This belief is what inspired the “Buddy Bench” initiative.

She states: “Bullying is a pervasive global issue which affects children in many different ways, including death by suicide. Most acts of bullying starts at an early age when children are unable to understand the effects and consequences of their actions. For some children, it’s a way of expressing their feelings and frustrations, crying out for help, or simply succumbing to peer pressure. It is influenced by many factors, and although there is not one solution to end it, my goal as an author, educator and mental health advocate is to help in addressing the root of the problem, in an effort to stop it from spreading.”

After the official launching on Monday, the author is also scheduled to present Buddy Benches to seven schools around the island, sponsored by private individuals and corporations.

Domino’s Pizza, Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, HERTZ, Valley Cold Storage and 123 Digital are all proud corporate sponsors of the Buddy Bench Campaign — sponsoring a bench to a school of their choice. These schools include: Les Etangs Combined, Camille Henry, Carmen Rene’ Memorial, Bouton Combined, Canon Laurie Anglican (Infant), Gros Iset Primary, and Pierrot Combined.

The author’s goal is to place Buddy Benches at every pre-school and elementary school on the island.

Last year, with the help of sponsors, she was able to place six benches at various schools around the island. She stresses that this is an ongoing campaign and is looking forward to the support of corporations and community members at home and abroad, to help in promoting friendliness and inclusiveness in schools, to help end bullying.

She’s grateful for the support of the Ministry of Education and local community members for their efforts in making the campaign a success.

For more information about the Buddy Ambassadors Program and the Buddy Bench Campaign, go to www.buddyambassadors.com.

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  1. This woman is so full of herself. I have seen her on facebook showing off. Why is she offering us a bench? Who wants a bench? Anyone can offer benches to the Lucian public. The Chinese/Taiwanese have given St Lucia so much money. Why can't they use some of this money to purchase benches and to put them all over St Lucia?

    Why should we wait for a wannabee little poser to give us benches and to brag about it? The fact is she does not even live in St Lucia and is most likely proud of the fact that she does not reside on the island with her son. These people have nothing to offer their country other than hot air and bravado. St Lucia needs doctors, nurses, counselors, Shrinks, engineers, and other productive people - not benches.. We don't need little show-offs who have left this country to start a life and family elsewhere to offer us items of non-importance. Why isn't she making herself available to teach our kids the message that she is spreading elsewhere? I think we need to take everything this woman is talking about with a pinch of salt. Let us continue to look after those in St Lucia. We can construct our own benches. We don't need people who are outside of our country do us any favours and for them to show off about it. Enough St Lucia. If she really cares she would come back to the country to live among us and to carry on working with our people and not offer us her benches.

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    • Damn, you are not the only noticing that. while i always support a local trying hard to do something good. that one is a big wannabe pushing herself to be up there. posting all crap on Facebook, a show. Very pretentious, with too many teeth. Oh and like to kiss white ass, white men hungry.

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  2. Go Lovee! So proud of you. Saint Lucia needs to see more news like this. Kudos to everyone supporting this initiative for our children.

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