Buddy Bench headed to Vets Park in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 April 2019 at 9:01 pm

A Buddy Bench like this one will be paid for by Girl Scouts in Albion.

ALBION – The Albion Village Board has approved a Buddy Bench to be paid for by Girl Scouts in Troop 82036.

The Scouts are using proceeds from cookie sales over two year to pay the $670 cost for the bench. It will go at Vets Park this year and likely be moved to Bullard Park next year.

Bullard will be under construction this year and the summer park programs will be based out of Vets Park, which is located at the corner of Linwood Avenue and Brown Street.

The bench will be powder-coated in blue and will say Buddy Bench. The Girl Scouts presented the proposal to the Village Board this evening, and the board approved the bench with Jay Pahura, the DPW superintendent, to decide on the placement.

The Girl Scouts are doing the bench as part of the requirement for a Silver Award for six Cadette Scouts.

The Albion school district last year adding five of the benches in the elementary school, inside the building at the playgrounds.

If people are feeling lonely, they can sit on a Buddy Bench and a friend is encouraged to go sit with them.

File photo by Tom Rivers: Elliott Neidert, left, and Preston Flugel, who were seniors at Albion last year, are shown in June 2018 putting a clear-coat finish on a Buddy Bench for the elementary school. Students in the high school woodworking class made five of the benches, and third-graders in Sheryl LeBaron’s and Maggy Orbaker’s classes painted the benches purple and art teachers decorated them.

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