This School Created a “Buddy Bench” for Students to Easily Find Playmates During Recess
Lifestyle| | By Margo Gothelf
One school in Canada has come up with the ultimate solution for finding a playmate during recess.
The Willowgrove School in Saskatoon, Canada has created a “buddy bench” for their students to use during recess. The “buddy bench” is a place where kids can sit when they would like to find a friend to play with on the playground. The rules for the bench are pretty simple. A student simply sits on the bench and fellow students come up to the bench-goer and ask them if they would like to come and play. Talk about positive peer pressure! “If you can’t find your best friends, and you don’t know where to go play, you sit on the buddy bench, and somebody will come and find you,” seven-year-old student Matthew Henkelman told CBC News. The bench seems to be a pretty popular place for the students to go. It provides an easy outlet for students to let other students know they need someone to play with. Henkelman, a previous bench user, shared it took “about a minute” for someone to come up and ask him to play. “Before I’ve seen people walking around by themselves,” one student shared. “And then once we got these I’ve seen a lot more people with friends to play with.” Such an awesome idea!