Kendall students unveil new Buddy Bench

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 21 January 2016 at 12:00 am

Photo by Kristina Gabalski – Sixth-grade members of the Kendall Elementary School Student Council stand behind their new “Buddy Bench” as they explain its meaning and function to members of the Kendall Central School Board Wednesday evening at Kendall Jr./Sr. High School.

KENDALL – Sixth-grade members of the Kendall Elementary School Student Council presented a new “Buddy Bench” to Board of Education members during their meeting on Wednesday.

The new bench will be a place for students to sit who are looking for a friend.

“The Buddy Bench is for children feeling lonely or sad, or who want to make new friends,” the students explained.

Student Sara Mattle even wrote a poem about the project which was inspired by Christian Bucks, a second grader in Pennsylvania:

“We made it with some tools, some screws and a wrench.
So when you’re feeling lonely, you can have a seat on the buddy bench.
And then a friend will come, and ask you to play.
Then you and that new friend will have fun all day!”

Advisors Amy Leone and Vicki Spurr assisted the students with the project.

“The teachers talked about it and presented the idea to (Principal) Sharon Smith and (Superintendent) Julie Christensen,” Spurr said. “We felt it was something we needed.”

The bench is painted in a bright and welcoming shade of red and will be located on the elementary school playground. It will be installed in the spring.

“Thank you for all the work you have done,” Superintendent Christensen told the students.

The Buddy Bench will be dedicated with a plaque in memory of the father of Principal Sharon Smith, who said the students are already working to raise funds for a second Buddy Bench.

“They hope to have four eventually,” Smith said.