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Students gathered around the new "Buddy Bench" at Alafia Elementary.

Buddy Bench promotes friendships and inclusion at Alafia Elementary

July 01, 2016

First graders at Alafia Elementary have built a “Buddy Bench” to foster relationships and play among students during playground time. Most students are running around, swinging and playing jump rope during playground time, while some may sit lonely or in need of a playmate.

During playtime, if a student feels left out or needs someone to talk to or play with, they sit on the "Buddy Bench". When fellow students see this, they encourage their classmate to join their game or conversation. The purpose of these benches is to promote inclusion at school.

Through generous community donations, Alafia Elementary has created one bench for their school. The school hopes to build more benches for all areas of the campus where children gather for playtime. 

For more information about Alafia Elementary School visit their website at  http://alafia.mysdhc.org

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