Buddy Benches were the idea of an eight-year-old Pennsylvania student named Christian and have been used on playgrounds nationwide to help students make connections with their peers. You can read more about Christian's Buddy Benches at buddybench.org or check out this 2013 Scholastic News article to learn more about how Buddy Benches are being used in schools.
Despite the good intentions behind Buddy Benches, many fall short of actually helping children because the supporting culture was not in place. The Connecting for Kids Beyond the Bench Training Program was designed by a pediatric psychologist and teaches students and school staff that there are many reasons why students use a Buddy Bench, including:
This program can help your school to develop students’ conflict resolution skills, celebrate students who act with compassion and remove the stigma of asking for help.
Connecting for Kids is committed to bringing Beyond the Bench training to as many area schools as possible. Please contact Program Director, Laurie Demchak at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this program.