A pair of former Major League Baseball players will be helping a local school district with a project.
Sean Casey, a former Cincinnati Reds first baseman, and Tim Flannery, who played for the San Diego Padres, have been teamed up through The Love Harder Project to support bullying prevention at Erlanger-Elsmere Schools.
They’ll be working on the Buddy Bench Project.
The Erlanger-Elsmere School District stated in a news release that the Buddy Benches will support its bullying prevention systems already in place.
“Through the positive preventative programming and bullying prevention work we do in our schools, our students collaborate daily and demonstrate appreciation and respect for one another,” said Dr. Kathy Burkhardt, superintendent. “Our children are watching all of us, and through the respectful and authentic relationships we have with our parents, our community, and within our schools, they are seeing wonderful examples of how we should all appreciate and respect our similarities as well as our differences. These benches are another shining example of that love, admiration, and appreciation!”
Each of the four elementary schools in the district, Howell, Lindemann, Arnett, and Miles, will receive a bench, and make the Buddy Bench their own through students’ artwork reflecting their interpretation of what it means to “Love Harder”.
“In addition to academic priorities, we focus on cultivating relationships,” said Amanda New, principal at Arnett Elementary. “We grow the whole child, and teach our children to love and respect one another. The bench will serve as one more piece to support our kids, and serve as a symbol of our mission to embrace our diversity and show kindness, respect and love to all.”