Greece Central School District

Buddy Benches Spread Message of Inclusion

The installation of “buddy benches” at elementary schools mean moms and dads shouldn’t have to worry that their children won’t have someone to play with at recess.

Donated by the Hunter Resch Foundation, a buddy bench was installed at each of the district’s 11 elementary schools this summer. Buddy benches are designed to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship. If a child doesn’t feel included, he or she takes a seat on the bench, signaling classmates to invite them to play.

It’s also common for children to go off by themselves when they’re feeling sad, and what they really need is for someone to notice. The benches give students a safe, nonjudgmental place to retreat. Once a child is asked off the bench to come play, the hope is that they’ll have the confidence to go play with their new friends again the next day. The installation of buddy benches is a fitting remembrance of Hunter Resch, who was known as a friend to all. Hunter was a first-grader at Paddy Hill Elementary School in 2010 when he was tragically lost to domestic violence. Let’s spread the message of inclusion and kindness in honor of Hunter!

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