Win a Buddy Bench for Your School!

Fair Housing Resource Center Inc. is asking students, parents and community members in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula County, Ohio to nominate their school to win a free Buddy Bench for their school!


What is a Buddy Bench? 

A buddy bench is a simple concept that promotes friendship, inclusion and kindness!  During recess, some students have difficulty making friends or fostering relationships with their fellow peers. The buddy bench allows students who do not have friends, are shy, or are new to the school to sit on the bench in hopes that other students will see and allow them to join in their play! This can help students make new friends, be included in play and helps to deter loneliness and bullying.


How to Win?

Fill out the questionnaire below with your personal information, the name of your school and a short statement explaining why your local school needs a buddy bench for their playground and how it can encourage inclusion and equality for the students!


What do you win? 

Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. will be giving away a total of 3 benches! One for each county; Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula. FHRC will purchase and assist with the installation of each bench into a local community school.

Contest Guidelines 

  • Each county will receive (1) bench with installation
  • One nomination per person
  • Any one can participate: you do not need to have a child enrolled  in the school district in order to participate
  • Schools with the most nominations within each county win!
  • Nomination starts 8/10/2023 and will end on 11/30/2023
  • Winners will be announced on 12/4/2023
  • Buddy benches will be installed at the school`s discretion
  • Winners of 2020,2021 and 2022 are not eligible:
      • Longfellow Elementary-2020
      • Austinburg Elementary-2020
      • Chardon Middle School-2020
      • Edison Elementary-2021
      • Pymatuming Valley-2021
      • Westwood Elementary-2021
      • Brodamoor School-2022
      • St. Mary`s- Chardon- 2022
      • Erie Intermediate-2022

Have any Questions or Concerns?


Hollie Rondini

Assistant Director

Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc.

1100 Mentor Avenue

Painesville, Ohio 44077

Phone:440-392-0147 ext. 204

Email: [email protected]