Joshua Dixon Elementary added a Buddy Bench to its playground this school year. If a student sits on the Buddy Bench during recess, students are encouraged to ask the student if he or she would like to play. The idea is to make sure a student doesn’t feel lonely.
“If you ask someone if you want to play with them, and they say yes, then you’re being nice,” said Camille Jeffries, fourth grade student at Joshua Dixon. “Then the next time if you have no one to play with and you sit on the bench, maybe that person will come over and ask if you want to play with them.”
Donations from the Columbiana PTO and families helped the school purchase the bench.