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By Michelle Bigelbach
The Courier 

Benches Help Foster Friendship and Community


August 23, 2017

Christine Gilchrist / For the Courier

L to R: Kindergarteners Ella Gilchrist and Leshia Stutheit-as well as second-graders Amelia Gilchrist and Tessa Stutheit foster their friendships on the buddy bench at Irle School.

To start off the new school year on the right foot for all students, Irle School recently obtained buddy benches to help promote friendship and a sense of community outside of the classroom. If a student feels lonely, they may sit on the bench and wait for another student to invite them to play, go for a walk or just to have a conversation.

Students are also encouraged to check the bench throughout outside playtime to see if someone needs a buddy. The goal of the bench is to eliminate loneliness and foster friendships on the playground, which then can carry over in and out of the classroom.

Irle School would like to thank Kyla Burns for facilitating the project and FMDH for purchasing the benches. With their help, these benches will be vital in fostering relationships among the youth of the community.

The staff at Irle school also wishes a happy 2017-2018 school year to all students.


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