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Henderson second-grader brings 'buddy bench' to elementary school

9:51 AM, Feb 17, 2014   |    comments
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HENDERSON - A second grader at Thimmig Elementary in Henderson noticed kids at recess who had nobody to play with. So he decided to do something about it by making sure everyone had friends to play with on the playground.

Inspired from a second-grade student who had a "buddy bench" installed at his Pennsylvania elementary school last December, 7-year-old Ethan Thomas-Gonzales decided his school should have one too.

Here's how it works: if a student feels lonely and in need of a playmate at recess, they can go to the buddy bench. Another student would then come up and see if the student wanted to play.

"They go to this bench and become friends with any other kids that are there or other kids can then invite them to play with them," Ethan's mother Shandelle Thomas said.

Thomas encouraged her son to pitch the idea to the school's principal, who loved it.

"The entire staff at Thimmig Elementary has been very supportive and has embraced the idea," Thomas said.

After a talk with a store manager at The Home Depot, the store donated the bench for the project.  

The bench was installed last week and Thomas said her son is ecstatic.

Christine Barnes, Ethan's second-grade teacher, said Ethan has been presenting how the bench is supposed to be used with classmates.

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