River Bend Elementary School
Presentation of Buddy Bench
October 21, 2015
The Buddy Bench idea was started by an 8 year old boy, named Christian, who lives in Pennsylvania. He had the great idea to have a bench on the playground for students who aren’t sure who to play with, who to talk to, or who just want to watch and think about an activity before joining in with a group. He called it the “Buddy Bench,” a place to connect with new friends or old friends.
Sometimes, especially on the playground, students forget how to be kind. Sometimes they leave people out, say mean things, or don’t share. The Buddy Bench is here to remind all students to be kind and reach out to one another. River Bend believes that Christian’s idea can help eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Thank you to Mt. Olive Brethren Church our school now has a Buddy Bench on our playground. River Bend wants to be a school where people help each other, cheer each other on, share with one another, think of others and focus on building a strong community.
Today we are celebrating Unity Day as part of National Bullying Prevention Month. We have been talking about bullying in Guidance classes and have recognized the importance of standing up for one another and helping everyone feel welcome in order to prevent bullying. Everyone has learned about the Buddy Bench this week and each homeroom is represented this afternoon by a “kindness ambassador”. We stand together against bullying and are united for kindness, acceptance ,and inclusion. The Buddy Bench is part of our efforts to create a culture of kindness and acceptance at River Bend.