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Buddy Bench project

State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, sixth from left, and Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa, eighth from left, joined school staff, parents, and children at the R.J. McNulty School in Amsterdam for a Buddy Bench project. The event was organized by Chris Carpenter of Amsterdam and sponsored by Home Depot. The Buddy Bench is a tool for positive mental and emotional health. In a school setting it’s a special place where children can go when they need someone to talk to. Each bench is distinctively different and is uniquely designed by children using their handprints and different color paints. (Photo submitted)

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