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Meadow Pond Elementary Unveils Buddy Bench

Meadow Pond Elementary School fourth-grade students, from left, Julia Johnston, Brooke Habinowski, Talia Blechman and Kristina Fonseca connect at the school’s new Buddy Bench
Meadow Pond Elementary School fourth-grade students, from left, Julia Johnston, Brooke Habinowski, Talia Blechman and Kristina Fonseca connect at the school’s new Buddy Bench Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District
Meadow Pond Elementary School’s new Buddy Bench encourages students to reach out to new classmates, those looking to make new friends and those in search of new recreational activities.
Meadow Pond Elementary School’s new Buddy Bench encourages students to reach out to new classmates, those looking to make new friends and those in search of new recreational activities. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District
Meadow Pond Elementary School’s new Buddy Bench encourages students to reach out to new classmates, those looking to make new friends and those in search of new recreational activities.
Meadow Pond Elementary School’s new Buddy Bench encourages students to reach out to new classmates, those looking to make new friends and those in search of new recreational activities. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Meadow Pond Elementary School has added a Buddy Bench to its playground area.

“We are very excited about the project, and it seems to be working out great so far,” said Assistant Principal Dawn Pomeroy. She worked with the PTA’s Character Education Committee and parent Heather Trivedi to bring the bench to the school.

The Buddy Bench is a simple wooden bench intended to foster a sense of inclusion by inviting children to befriend classmates who sit on it.

The bench was introduced at Meadow Pond's Oct. 29 town meeting and installed shortly after.

A second-grade student in Pennsylvania introduced the idea for a Buddy Bench to bring extra support and encouragement to peers in need.

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