Homer 33C Schilling School students, staff remember classmate with special bench

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High


Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628


For Immediate Release:

Dec. 2, 2016

Schilling School Grades 1-4 Principal Candis Gasa prepares to unveil Tristan’s Buddy Bench on Friday, Dec. 2.


Schilling School students, staff remember classmate with special bench

Tristan’s Buddy Bench added next to playground


Schilling School students and staff will never forget their buddy Tristan, a third-grader who passed away earlier this year.


On Friday (Dec. 2), Tristan’s schoolmates gathered on the school playground to dedicate a bright blue bench in his memory.

Schilling School students file past Tristan’s Buddy Bench following Friday’s dedication ceremony


“Tristan had a larger than life personality,” said Principal Candis Gasa. “He was so vibrant; he touched so many of our lives. We want to keep that spirit and energy alive.”


Students cheered as Tristan’s parents pulled back a tarp to reveal the Cubbie blue bench with the words “Tristan’s Buddy Bench” carved along the back.


Tristan was Chicago Cubs through and through.


“With Tristan on their side, it’s no wonder the Chicago Cubs took the World Series,” said Gasa.


The Buddy Bench was purchased with donations from friends and families throughout Homer 33C, including many of the school Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs).


The Schilling School PTO has been especially generous, purchasing red and blue ribbons for Tristan’s classmates to tie around trees and tulip bulbs for them to plant along the front of the school.


The tulips will “hug” Schilling School in the spring, said Gasa, reminding students of their special friend.

A flower is left behind on Tristan’s Buddy Bench following Friday’s dedication ceremony.


“Tristan was an amazing friend,” she said. “Make sure you think of him.”



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