In celebration of its 10th Anniversary, AWS Foundation presented ten buddy benches to area schools to promote friendship for all people of all abilities. The August 10th event, held during Lunch on the Square at Freimann Square, honored four of the foundation’s founding board members: Ian Rolland, Ben Eisbart, Andy Brooks and Patti Hays. A buddy bench is an easy way for kids to connect and make friends. When a child sits on the bench, fellow students know to ask them to play. Each bench created by a local artist displays an original design carrying a message of exploration, beauty and friendship. The mission of AWS Foundation is to help children and adults with enduring intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities live as independently as possible, be included in the community and function at their highest potential.