The Buddy Bench

The Hamilton Spectator - - HEALTH - BY TA­TUM ROBERTSON, GRADE 8

Re­mem­ber how en­joy­able re­cess was when you were a kid? Run­ning around, play­ing out­side or walk­ing and talk­ing. It didn’t mat­ter what you did as long as you were with your friends. But what would you do if you had no friends? If you were get­ting bul­lied or teased at re­cess? Re­cess wouldn’t be your favourite part of the day. Well, An­nun­ci­a­tion of Our Lord Catholic El­e­men­tary School is try­ing to change that with the in­tro­duc­tion of the buddy bench. The buddy bench is a hand­crafted and colour­ful rep­re­sen­ta­tion of love, com­pas­sion, em­pa­thy, un­der­stand­ing, and kind­ness. It’s a safe place for kids in need of a friend to go. When you see some­one sit­ting on the bench you go and you talk to them, see what’s bug­ging them, and in­vite them to play. This is one way that An­nun­ci­a­tion is try­ing to put an end to bul­ly­ing and it is a pos­i­tive ad­di­tion that has brought kind­ness to our school­yard. Our for­mer vice-prin­ci­pal said it best when he said, “Some­times, you just need a friend.”

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