WORKING BEE: Bunnings Warehouse Coffs Harbour team members Tahini Letchford and Chris Mezher with Coffs Harbour Learning Centre principal Alison Turner, students and staff.
WORKING BEE: Bunnings Warehouse Coffs Harbour team members Tahini Letchford and Chris Mezher with Coffs Harbour Learning Centre principal Alison Turner, students and staff. Carolyn Boyden

Buddy bench a place for students feeling alone

TEAM members from Bunnings Warehouse Coffs Harbour paid a visit to Coffs Harbour Learning Centre last week to help replenish its gardens and create a welcoming place for students.

The Learning Centre is a special school established to provide intensive behaviour and eduction support for students with disruptive behaviours.

Bunnings team members Chris and Tahini helped replenish the garden with a focus on sustainability, working with students and staff to build planting beds, mulch the garden and feed fruit trees.

The store donated a ‘buddy bench’ to the school, as a permanent place students can sit when they are feeling left out or bullied.

Classmates are encouraged to invite peers sitting at the buddy bench to play, walk or talk with them.

Bunnings Warehouse Coffs Harbour complex manager Dean Dannevig said team members enjoyed the opportunity to work with students and staff to create a more sustainable and inviting space.

“The Bunnings Warehouse Coffs Harbour team really enjoyed installing a buddy bench and rejuvenating the garden at Coffs Harbour Learning Centre,” Mr Dannevig said.

“The team is always happy to work with hands-on projects that benefit the local community.”



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