Buddy bench a big hit at Saskatoon's Willowgrove School

When you don't have anyone to play with, you go to the buddy bench at Willowgrove School. 

Follow this link to view a 1 minute video on this trauma sensitive approach to playground inclusion: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/...ove-school-1.3505066

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When I Googled “Buddy Bench” I found a lot of information ---

Second-Grader's Cure For Playground Loneliness: A Buddy Bench
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...bench_n_4378248.html

Buddy Bench Creates a Safe Spot for Shy Classmates to Find Friends 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...e132e4b079b28189dcd2

WANTED: Playground Buddy
http://www.tolerance.org/magaz...ted-playground-buddy

Buddy Benches can be made by placing a sign on an existing bench.  They are also available commercially from School Outfitters (www.schooloutfitters.com)

Thank you for the post about the Buddy Bench!  It's such a simple intervention that has a powerful impact!  And it's just the type of thing that a PTA would be delighted to fund.  

I am going to do my best to promote the idea in the Anchorage School District and beyond.  

Deborah Bock
Anchorage, Alaska

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