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Roland Park K-8 Students to Receive a Buddy Bench to Foster Friendship and Eliminate Loneliness

May 22, 2017

For Immediate Release 

Who: Students and staff at Roland Park K-8 Magnet School


The law firm of Quarles and Brady has graciously donated a Buddy Bench to the school 


Students, staff and the donors will take part in a brief dedication ceremony on Tuesday, May 23, at 8:30 a.m. The event will include a Roland Park 8th grader along with representatives from Quarles and Brady


The bench is located by the intermediate (east) playground on campus
Roland Park – 1510 North Manhattan Ave., Tampa
Media, please check in at the main office to be escorted out to the playground


The Buddy Bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. The Buddy Bench encourages caring, open-minded thinkers and friends.

The History of the Buddy Bench: In the spring of 2013, a 1st grader in Pennsylvania named Christian was faced with the possibility of moving to Germany with his family. When the family was looking at a website for a school overseas, Christian saw a picture of a special bench on the playground. He and his parents did some research and found out, this was a bench that students could sit on when they were in need of a friend. Christian thought it would be great to have this bench on the playground at his current school, Roundtown Elementary. He knew that there were some kids who felt lonely at recess and he thought this would put an end to that. He told his teacher and his principal about it and by the next school year, after Christian’s efforts, a Buddy Bench was placed on the playground at Roundtown Elementary. A local newspaper did a story on the buddy bench and it caught national attention.
Now students at Roland Park K-8 are excited to have a Buddy Bench on their own playground!


Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Roland Park K-8 Principal Scott Weaver
813-872-5212 ext. 235

Roland Park K-8 Magnet School is an IB World School that uses unified themes to integrate curriculum. At Roland Park, students develop a broad-based knowledge of global issues and cultivate critical thinking skills.

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