The Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation will fundraise to provide more than $130,000 for kindness benches at each of the 53 Arlington ISD elementary schools. Thasunda Brown Duckett, Chair and Founder of the Foundation, made the announcement Friday, November 15, 2019 during her keynote speech at the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s ninth annual Inspired Women Luncheon.
“Our success in the Arlington ISD depends on an engaged community and what Thasunda and her foundation are doing with this fundraiser speaks to that,” Arlington ISD superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos said. “We are a district that promotes kindness and our elementary students will have reminders of that every time they’re on the playground. Thasunda has helped make that possible, and we’re grateful.”
“The Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation is honored to further its vision of community collaboration through entities like the Arlington ISD in order to more effectively meet the needs of local children and families,” said Duckett, who graduated from Sam Houston in 1991. “We are excited to think about the extraordinary impact of lessons that may come out of the kindness benches for the students of Arlington ISD.”
The benches are intended to promote kindness and inclusion among students. The foundation’s plan is to engage local businesses, organizations and other non-profits to donate money for the cost of the benches. A $2,500 donation covers the cost of the bench, concrete pad and a donation plaque that will include the donor’s name. The benches, made of cast iron with a thermoplastic finish, will be integrated into the new playground designs that are part of the recently passed $966 million bond. As of November 20, 2019, almost 40 benches are already pledged.
If you would like to sponsor a Kindness Bench or find out more information about this initiative, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.