Why Your Child's School Needs a Buddy Bench (& How to Get One)! by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

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Why Your Child's School Needs a Buddy Bench (& How to Get One)!

The Buddy Bench is "a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground." If a child sits on the bench alone, other kids know that he or she is looking for a "buddy" to play with. This beautiful idea came from a 10-year-old boy named Christian Bucks in 2013, and his story soon went viral. Today, you’ll find Buddy Benches on elementary school playgrounds across the U.S. and around the globe. 

Want one for your school? You can purchase one or, better yet, get your school community together and build one! For more about the Buddy Bench, click here

Donna John
I have friends who are always looking for something to donate to school's silent auctions. Bet this would be a hit! I'll pass this idea on to them, @amghalstead. Every school should have a Buddy Bench!
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Thanks, Donna! Buddy Benches are truly special. When I visit schools to do my bullying-prevention advocacy work, students who have a Buddy Bench on their playground are SO proud to tell me about it!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I absolutely love this idea, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead! Thank you for sharing it so more parents can get one for their kids' schools!

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