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LCC freshman Quentin Potempa (left) and John Sreenan (right), installing the new Buddy Bench at St. Charles. Sreenan came up with the idea for his Eagle Scout project and enlisted Boy Scouts of troop 103 to help him build the benches with materials donated by LCC

Local Boy Scouts build benches to promote buddies, not bullies

Buddy Bench aims to fight loneliness, bullying

Taylor Johnson
tjohnson@the419.com

When you’re a child, finding someone to play with in the schoolyard can at times be challenging, with some children feeling isolated and lonely as they navigate the complexities of relationships and play.

But kids at some of the local elementary schools will always have a friend, at least that’s the intent of the new Buddy Bench installed at three local elementary schools

Quentin Potempa and John Sreenan, freshman at Lima Central Catholic High School and members of Boy Scouts troop 103, installed a Buddy Bench at St. Rose, St. Gerard, and St. Charles Tuesday.

Potempa and Sreenan installing the Buddy Bench at St. Gerard with principal Natalie Schoonover.

Potempa and Sreenan installing the Buddy Bench at St. Gerard with principal Natalie Schoonover.

Sitting on the newly installed Buddy Bench at St. Charles with principal Bill Wisher and fr. Kent.

Sitting on the newly installed Buddy Bench at St. Charles with principal Bill Wisher and fr. Kent.

Installing the Buddy Bench at St. Rose with principal Donna Judy.

Installing the Buddy Bench at St. Rose with principal Donna Judy.

Sreenan came up with the idea for his Eagle Scout project and enlisted the Scouts to help him build the benches.

The idea behind the Buddy Bench is simple: if a student is without a friend at recess, he or she is encouraged to sit on the Buddy Bench. This signals to other children that they need a friend.

The goal is to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground and help new or shy kids with the sometimes daunting task of making new friends.

If you’d like more information on bringing a Buddy Bench to your school, visit http://buddybench.org/

the419 would like to say bravo to these young men taking action to promote kindness in the community!

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