The Science Behind the Law of Attraction Magazine December, 2015 - Page 52

'Buddy Bench' Creat es A Saf e Spot For Shy Cl assmat es To Find Friends Everyone deserves a pal on t he pl ayground. Cameron Keady Good News Associate Editor, The Huffington Post This school has some truly stand-up students. A group of kids at McIntyre Elementary School, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have created a special bench to make sure their fellow classmates aren't left out on the playground. Called the "Buddy Bench," students can use the seat as a safe and supportive place to let others know they'd like to be included in playtime, but may be too shy to ask. Amanda Hartle "The school community, students, parents, and faculty understand that the buddy bench is a tool for kids to use to advocate for themselves, to always include others and to promote a safe, respectful and responsible environment for all children," Regina Farrell, school counselor at McIntyre Page 52 - December, 2015 Elementary, told The Huffington Post. The concept of the Buddy Bench is simple: Students who want to partake in playground games and activities, but may feel hesitant, can take a seat, which signifies to other children on the playground that they may need an extra boost to participate. Amanda Hartle "The bench is a powerful anti-bullying tool," Farrell explained. "It builds kid?s self-esteem to ask others to play with them. Likewise, reaching out to a peer who is feeling left out is significant as well." The idea for the bench came about last year, when Farrell was conducting a leadership group to help students