Palm Bay City Hall Features Friendship Zone
By Space Coast Daily // February 10, 2014
Mayor’s Ball raised FUNDS FOR FRIENSHIP bencheS
ABOVE VIDEO: A rainbow colored, brightly painted bench placed outside the main entrance to Palm Bay City Hall now serves as a symbol to promote friendship instead of bullying.
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – A rainbow colored, brightly painted bench placed outside the main entrance to Palm Bay City Hall now serves as a symbol to promote friendship instead of bullying.
The bench was made possible through funds raised from the Mayor’s Ball which was held last September. All of the proceeds from the Mayor’s Ball went to support the Tiny Girl, Big Dream, Inc., and its mission to spread friendship around the country and around the world.
The organization’s founder is 12-year-old Acacia Woodley who wants to place a friendship bench in every school across the United States starting with the City of Palm Bay.
So far she has managed to place 16 benches in Brevard County Schools. The Mayor’s Ball raised enough money for an additional 20 benches plus the one at city hall.
“I wanted this to be in front of city hall because I wanted people to see city hall and know that this city is a friendship zone,” Woodley said.
“I would have said anti-bully zone but that’s not what it is. It’s a friendship zone.”
In addition to Palm Bay and Brevard County, Acacia and her mom Amber also traveled to Miami to deliver one bench with another two waiting to be delivered.
Three friendship kits are scheduled to be delivered to Canada in March.
“She is amazing,” said Mayor William Capote.
“We need to make sure that people feel this city is family friendly, your kids are safe and it’s our responsibility as council members that we project that message.”