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Signs of friendship

Posted 10.09.2010

Signs Express (Warwick) sponsors Newburgh Primary School as part of its new ‘buddies programme’.

As part of the project, the school wanted to give its pupils a dedicated ‘quiet area’ along with a friendship bench for children to sit if they didn’t have any children to play with or if they wanted someone to talk to. Older pupils, who have been trained in peer mediation, would then befriend them as part of the scheme.

Ed May, then acting head teacher at Newbury Primary School, contacted Signs Express (Warwick) about the initiative to see if they’d be able to help and they were only too happy to lend a hand.

“We have worked very closely with Ed May over the years,” said centre owner Andy Slater. “He has been a strong supporter of Signs Express Warwick and we’d like to thank him for his continued backing and promotion to other schools in the area.”

The bench which was also supplied by the Warwick sign company was fitted with a plaque to both ends incorporating two bears hugging as the main design concept. The design would then hopefully encourage young students to use the new seating area in their break times.

Recently appointed acting head teacher Jane Bates commented on the project: “Signs Express (Warwick) very kindly donated the bench and we’ve been delighted with the outcome of both the quiet area and the bench plaque. The friendship bench is used to support our buddies programme at lunchtimes to help promote positive behaviour and so far has received excellent reviews.”

Signs Express (Warwick) is part of the UK and Ireland’s leading signs and graphics company. Operational for 10 years, the Warwick sign maker designs, manufactures and installs a range of signs and graphics including interior and exterior signs, vehicle and window graphics, banners and exhibition displays along with health and safety signs and labels and stickers.

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