At Blue Mountain School, we are cultivating capable community members who possess the courage and wisdom to lead fulfilling lives. Communities are built on relationships, and children who have a strong foundation in Social and Emotional Learning
(SEL) have greater self-awareness and are more likely to develop healthy relationships as they grow.
Give Big today and help us continue to provide SEL to our students and to share what we’ve learned with our community!
How Will Your Donation Help the New River Valley?
BMS will continue to develop our Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, which will include creating a Buddy Bench project that we can share with others in the New River Valley. This program will focus on teaching students skills that will help them comfortably join groups and welcome new additions to groups they are already in. A good example of where these skills are valuable for kids can be seen at recess, where play is often centered around groups.
We hope the Buddy Bench project will help foster an atmosphere of safety and inclusion on the playground, while simultaneously working to address issues of bullying and exclusion.
What is a Buddy Bench?
A Buddy Bench is a place a child can go if she is feeling lonely, so that other children will know she is looking for someone to play with. An elementary school student in Pennsylvania started the Buddy Bench
movement in the U.S. after learning about them while researching schools in Germany.
Bring a Buddy Bench to Your School or Park!
For every $1,000 we raise on Give Big Day, we will bring a Buddy Bench to a local school or park. Using the Buddy Bench project your donation will help us develop, BMS staff and students will teach your school community how the Buddy Bench works to make recess more fun for everyone.
If you would like a bench in your school or park, we’d love to talk with you! You can even dedicate a bench to your favorite buddy by making a donation of $750 or more to our campaign. (Ask us about how you can get $488 of that donation back at tax time!)
Double Your Donation -- Or Increase It Sixfold!
A group of Blue Mountain School supporters have agreed to match dollar-for-dollar your donations on Give Big Day up to $2,500!
And if you donate at least $500 (or $615 for a business), you are eligible for a 65% Virginia State tax credit. That means your donation of $500 would only cost you $175, while contributing $1,000 to Blue Mountain School!
To learn more about Blue Mountain School
, visit our website or our Facebook page
If you'd like to learn more about Buddy Benches and SEL, check out these links:
Wanted: Playground Buddy
School Kids Combat Loneliness By Taking A Seat On ‘Buddy Bench’
Video: Buddy bench a big hit at Willowgrove School
What if Schools Taught Kindness?
Center for Healthy Minds - Join the Movement