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Two Belton families create "Buddy Bench" for students who feel lonely at recess

Posted at 12:17 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 16:02:33-05

BELTON, TX — Two Belton families were inspired to create a safe space for kids to sit during recess after a classroom assignment.

Belton ISD says student's read "The Buddy Bench" by B.D. Cottleston as a classroom assignment.

In the children's book, a young student finds himself braving recess alone until he finds a friend on the school's Buddy Bench. The Buddy or Friendship Bench is a special place in a school playground where a child can sit if they want someone to talk to or play with. Seeing a child on The Buddy Bench is a signal to other kids to ask them to play.

Two Tarver Elementary families decided to create their own buddy benches for Tarver's playground.

"When a child sits on the bench, it's a signal to peers to ask him or her to play," said Principal Aubrey Itz. "These benches are a great example of how our school community is looking out for everyone."