Lincoln WEB Leaders Unveil Bench Project

     Published on 7/6/17   Tagged under:    District News    Lincoln Middle School   

“We wanted to do something so people would remember us as WEB leaders,” an eighth grader at Lincoln explained as she worked with a classmate to carry a wooden bench into the school’s gymnasium.
In June, eighth grade WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) leaders partnered with Random Acts and Home Depot to bring their idea of a legacy gift to life. Home Depot provided a grant and built eight benches.
“It’s part of our core value of giving back to the community,” Home Depot Specialty Sales Assistant Store Manager Brenton Kirby explained of the organization’s involvement. “It was a great opportunity to give these kids something that can be used for future generations.”
The bench project was the culminating project wrapping up Lincoln’s Year of Kindness. Throughout the 2016-17 school year, students in the WEB program took part in a Month of Kindness in October, a Global Spread the Love event where they delivered flowers to Assisted Living Facilities for Valentine’s Day and more.
WEB leaders worked with sixth grade classes to select quotes to be placed on the benches. Sayings include “There is no reason to look back when there is so much to look forward to,” “Be kind to yourself so you will be happy enough to be kind to the world,” “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible,’” and more.
Students said the WEB program has changed the way they view themselves and their classmates, and the benches are intended to serve as reminders of the values and mission of WEB and Lincoln Middle School, providing a welcoming environment for everyone who visits. In upcoming years, students expressed hope that teachers can use the benches as a place to run restorative circles, lunch groups or outside learning. They also hope families and community members can enjoy the benches while they are visiting the school or picking up scholars.
“The WEB program is great because it helps you learn to care about and love yourself and others,” WEB leader Haylee McCauliffe said to the sixth graders at the bench dedication.
“The year of kindness doesn’t end here,” Librarian and WEB Coordinator Kate Taddeo said to students as the benches were presented. “You get to be leaders next year, too. I hope you carry what you have learned this year with you moving forward.”
Great work, Lincoln WEB scholars, and thank you to Random Acts and Home Depot for supporting this project.