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Mrs. Smith from Abbeville SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Buddy Benches To Help Us Be True Friends

Help me give my students Buddy Benches. One for the K4 - 1st grade playground and one for the 2nd - 4th grade playground.

  • $1,836 goal

This project expired on April 19, 2019.

This project expired on April 19, 2019.

My Students

My students are from a small rural town in South Carolina. Our class sizes are small and the children develop close relationships with each other. Social skills and friendship skills are important to us because we are so tight knit. Children must learn to take care for one another and accept each other for who they are.

They are amazing, bright, energetic, and fun children.

They come to school each day ready to learn and full of joy. Our school is a great place to learn and to develop friendships and we want to help our students continue to do this in a healthy and supportive environment. '

My Project

We are asking for two outdoor benches to use as buddy benches. The buddy bench is not a new concept. It originated in Germany and was brought to the US by a student named Christian at Roundtown Elementary in York, Pennsylvania. We think it is a great idea and we would like to bring it to our school for our children to learn pro-social skills. The concept of the buddy bench is to help students who feel left out or alone. It provides them with a safe spot and a tool to use to foster friendships.

During recess our students can sit on the bench when they want to make a new friend, when their friend is not at school that day, or when they want to play something different from what their friend is playing.

Once a student is on the bench the other students on the playground are given an opportunity to include their classmate and spread kindness. The buddy benches provide our students a strategy to make friends independently from their teachers.

Mrs. Smith
Never Before Funded Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households
Never Before Funded

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This project will reach 200 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TK24442487T Outdoor Bench72 in. L24 in. W Blue • Grainger $645.48 2 $1,290.96

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