Buddy Bench

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Sponsored by:

The Advocates

Project Champion:

Heidi Cook
heidi@theadvocates.org

What are the appropriate grade levels?

1-5

Is there a limit to the number of participants?

2 classes per grade per school

The theme for this project is:

Children, Friendship, Education, Relationships

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, and bring a buddy bench to your school! With this project and the help of The Advocates, your class will educate the school about what a buddy bench is, set up a meeting with your principal, designate “buddies” (kids who will look out for kids who sit on the bench), get the whole school excited, and then find or fund a bench to put in your school. Check out the link below to see how different schools all over the country that have added a buddy bench: http://buddybench.org/category/in-the-news/buddy-benches-around-the-world/

We have found that this project is most successful when younger grades partner with older grades to teach the school and other students about how to use the bench!