Thank to our students, staff and families, our new Buddy Bench has arrived and will be installed this summer. This is simply not just a bench; it is something far more than that. It is a safe, special place for students to go to during an unstructured time, recess. This is something that all students will benefit from and will be another layer in fostering friendships at all grade levels.
Recess can be a heightened source of anxiety for many students for a variety of reasons, such as
- being a new student to our school
- wanting to make new friends
- if friends are absent
- if a student wants to play something different from what their friends are playing
- if a student is feeling lonely and wants to play with a buddy
A Buddy Bench sends a message of inclusion and kindness by helping to eliminate loneliness and foster friendships on the playground.