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Buddy Bench

Taking the opportunity to promote empathy and compassion, the students of Loyalsock Valley Elementary School, in the Montoursville Area School District, spent over 40,500 minutes, in total, reading to earn a Buddy Bench. The bench, which came from Ohio, arrived on Nov. 15.

“Recess is not always the fun time for children adults think it is. Many times a student can feel lonely and left out. Our goal with the bench, is to assist a student who needs a playmate at recess, to find one, by having a seat,” said Bonnie Bair, reading teacher.

Bair explained the drive to acquire the bench was a cross curriculum effort with teachers and students, from all grades participating. Several children performed a skit which explained the Buddy Bench rules to the rest of the student body, Bair said.

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