An innovative program launched at a Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu school was honoured today by Global News as part of Greater Montreal Day.
Station manager Karen Macdonald presented the Friends of St. Johns School with a $1,000 cheque on behalf of the Best Buddies Boys’ Club Wednesday afternoon. The presentation took place at St. Johns School.
The program is based on Best Buddies Canada and was initiated at the school by the St. Johns Communtity Learning Centre.
The club has been meeting every Friday at noon at the school with the support of two staff members, Lisa Nagy and Brigitte Lafortune.
Nagy told Global News that the club helped students “improve their social skills.” She added that the boys loved the program and went from fighting in the school yard and spending time at the office to becoming best buddies.
Anthony Bates spoke to Global News on behalf of his friends. He explained that the first thing they did was learn about friendship.
“We wrote being nice, being helpful, being loyal,” he said.
The group also shared different acts of kindness they carried out during the year. The Grade 3 student said the best part of the club was that all its members “became nicer to each other throughout the year.”
Greater Montreal Day encourages all of us to do what we can to be kind to each other and share our acts of kindness on social media.
Two social media postings were chosen at random to receive $1,000 to donate to a local charity. They were the Kindness Matters initiative at Maple Grove Elementary School and the Best Buddies Boys’ Club at St. John’s School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.