I first heard about #buddy_benches from an UpWorthy piece. They started when Dustin Rumsey posted the idea on Facebook. The idea was very popular and many communities are stepping up to bring them to schools.
The idea if you haven’t heard about it, is that if a child is feeling left out or excluded they sit on the bench. This tells the students that they would like to talk with someone. The students then have the option of coming over and sitting down with them.
This gives them the chance to say “come play with me” without having to hold back from fear of rejection. It also teaches kids to be #kind to one another and include everyone in their activities.
Everyone has been picked on, or have felt alone. Being very small and having everyone in my grade 1 – 2 years older than me, I was always the last to be picked for any outdoor activity. I think that this is a great idea, and it seems to be spreading from the original town to others towns, counties and states.
Shout out to the local #Lowes who stepped up to contribute the lumber and paint for 2 buddy benches.