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RHS Student Donates Buddy Bench to Ridgecrest
Rogers Student Donates Buddy Bench to Ridgecrest Elementary
Posted on 03/21/2017

Buddy Bench Donated to Ridgecrest

By Devin Konsmo

Colin Norris-Beesley learned about the idea of a Buddy Bench from his Scout Master, and when he heard about what the Buddy Bench was something clicked for him. Colin’s family moved frequently while he was in school because of his dad’s service in the military, so Colin knew firsthand what it can be like to be the new kid on the playground.

Colin explained his goal for the project. “I hope it really helps students make new friends. It’s not fun to as a kid to be lonely, especially as a new student at a school. My hope is this makes it so they won’t have to do it on their own”

With the help of his Scout Master, Colin began to look at designs for the bench. He wanted to be sure the bench was a suitable height for the elementary students who would be using it. After plans were drawn, the materials were collected, and construction began. The bench was then painted, and a protective coating was added so the bench may be used for many years to come.

Colin painting Buddy Bench

The Buddy Bench was an idea thought up in 2013 by a first grade student from Roundtown Elementary in Pennsylvania. The bench is installed on the playground, and students who are lonely or just want someone to play with or talk to can sit on the bench. When other students see a student sitting on the bench they can then take action to show that student they care by coming up and talking to them or offering to play.

Since 2013, the Buddy Bench has spread to elementary schools across the globe. In the Puyallup School District there are eight Buddy Benches, including the one created by Colin at Ridgecrest Elementary. One more will be installed after the construction at Shaw Road Elementary has been completed.

Schools that have a Buddy Bench:

  • Brouillet
  • Edgerton
  • Fruitland
  • Hunt
  • Maplewood
  • Pope
  • Ridgecrest
  • Woodland

Colin hopes the Buddy Bench will catch on at all of Puyallup’s elementary schools, and that principals can partner with groups such as local Boy Scout Troops to have Buddy Benches made for their elementary school as well. “By adding these benches it will be easier for kids to connect and make friends,” Colin stated.

Colin Buddy Bench