Rockford’s “Be Nice” bench showcased at RiverTown Crossings

Rockford High School student’s bench donation to benefit the West Michigan Mental Health Foundation.
Rockford High School student’s bench donation to benefit the West Michigan Mental Health Foundation.

RiverTown Crossings and the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan are presenting “nice bench”, a juried public are event featuring a showcase of benches painted and embellished by local student groups, including Rockford High School students. These colorful and imaginative benches will be displayed throughout the common area of the mall until May 1st.

On May 1, the event will culminate with a live art event featuring highly talented local artists designing benches. At 6:00 p.m., an auction will be held and these extraordinary benches will be auctioned off, with the proceeds benefitting the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.

The Mental Health Foundation’s “Be Nice” initiative is a positive, anti-bullying program designed to spread awareness surrounding the issues of bullying and the importance of treating people with civility community-wide. The Mental Health Foundation spreads this message throughout many West Michigan school districts.

Since 1990, the Mental Health Foundation has been helping the West Michigan community challenge the devastating stigma surrounding mental illness. Its mission is to ensure every individual is supported in their journey to a full, healthy life by educating and building awareness about suicide prevention and other challenges to good mental health.


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