8-year-old’s ‘Buddy Bench’ for lonely kids in the schoolyard is catching on

The benches were funded by the Parent-Teacher Organization as a tool to teach kindness after counselors realized it would be great “for several kids who feel like they don’t have friends,” reported The Daily Press. The students have “greeted the idea with enthusiasm” after being taught that the benches are a way for kids to reach out to their lonelier peers. “It really builds their self-esteem to ask others to play with them,” said Intermediate School Counselor Kelly Sundeen.