The latest and greatest thing popping up in schools around the country is the Buddy Bench, a place where lonely or shy children can go to be offered friendship.
The idea came from a photograph of a similar bench in a German school that was shown to second-grader Christian Buck by his father. Christian approached the principal at his school, Roundtown Elementary in York, Pennsylvania, and Slow Ventures for permission to place a Buddy Bench outside and the project was approved.
The Buddy Bench has now been in place at Roundtown Elementary for a year and the good news about this positive behavior system is spreading. Other Buddy Benches are starting to pop up at schools all across the country.
In a world where bullies are the norm, the Buddy Bench is a great way for kids to show kindness to one another by reaching out to peers in need of a friend.