What is the buddy bench?
The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Let’s spread the message of inclusion and kindness!
"Sometimes it’s the really simple ideas that can make the biggest difference.”
A second grader in York, Pennsylvania came up with an idea last year after his father showed him a photo of a bench placed by a German school on their playground specifically so that lonely or shy children could be offered friendship.
Christian Buck wanted to put such a bench at his school, Roundtown Elementary, and the principal agreed. In the year since that one bench was put outside to foster relationship-building, others like it have popped up at schools across the country.
When I brought this story to our Kindness and Compassion Club a few years ago, they were excited and wanted to have this at Nine Mile. We gathered ideas, held fundraisers and promoted the bench within our school. A parent agreed to build the bench for us at no charge! Thank you Jason Cardon!!! The Buddy Bench was installed in March of 2016!!
LINKS:Buddy Bench Strategies