A beloved teacher who lost her battle with breast cancer last spring has been memorialized in a touching manner that reflects her love of children.
Mrs. Kellie Smith won the Edwin Carr award for first year teaching excellence in 1996, and taught at Lakeland Ridge School in Sherwood Park since it first opened up in 2004.
In her memory two ‘Buddy Benches’ have been installed in the schoolyard, and as Principal Karla Satchwell explains, any child who’s feeling lonely can sit, and be invited to come play by other children.
“Our grade three class from last year were the genesis for the idea of the buddy bench. Our first buddy bench monitors and they wear orange vests with a little patch with the ‘Tigger’ character on it.”
The first buddy bench monitors will be Mrs. Smith’s former class.
“Since we have two benches we have two students watching each of those two benches, and when they see a child sit down, they go up and invite them to play.”
Satchwell says they also added a pair of Canadian Maple trees, not so much as a national expression, but because Mrs. Smith so loved the character ‘Tigger’ from ‘Winnie the Pooh,’ and the colour yellow. The trees were chosen for the brilliant oranges and yellows they display in the fall.