The Buddy Bench

At the McCarty Elementary School in Naperville, IL, you will find a bench on the playground. This bench was inspired by the second grade class and provides a way for students who need a friend to connect. They call it the Buddy Bench.

Jessica Cameron, the second grade teacher of the class, tells Naperville Community Television, “The idea came solely from them. They were the ones that brought it up. I feel like it came from a book we were reading in class and we always work on being kind. And it’s part of our school motto, ‘be safe, be kind, be ready.’ So they’re always looking for ways to show that kindness and they were just persistent and diligent and it finally came to fruition.”