Who: Bexley Elementary School, R. B. Cox Elementary School, New River Elementary School, Denham Oaks Elementary School, Chasco Elementary School, and Connerton Elementary School
What: Buddy Bench ribbon cutting ceremonies
Why: To promote an inclusive school community
How: Through a Systems of Care grant opportunity, the district has been able to expand compassionate schools work by purchasing 13 Buddy Benches. The Buddy Bench is a simple idea to foster friendship on the playground. Children who are feeling emotional or lonely can sit on the bench as a clear signal to others on the playground that they are in need of social connection. Students in these schools will receive instruction on how to respond when they see a peer sitting on the bench. When a school creates a visual signal that emotional and social connection is a priority in their community, it’s helping elementary students prioritize social connection.