Fostering a school culture of kindness and inclusion is critical to students’ academic success. The safer and happier students feel at school, the more engaged they are in learning. In 2013, a young man named Christian, feeling a need for more kindness at his elementary school, encouraged his elementary school to install a buddy bench at his school. He helped his principal educate students about the bench and his story was picked up by numerous news sources. Since then, schools across the nation and the globe are adding buddy benches to their playgrounds and incorporating them into their community-building programs.
To be effective, buddy benches for schools must be clearly marked and set apart from other benches and the school community must be educated about how to use the bench. You can teach your students how to use the buddy bench by giving them basic them guidelines, such as the following:
While sitting on the bench, look around for games and activities you want to join. Once you see something or someone that interests you, get off the bench!
If you see a classmate sitting on the bench, go join them and invite them to play.
If you are sitting on the bench, say yes to the first person who invites you to join them.
Try new things and make new friends!
Most importantly, build enthusiasm about the buddy bench. Everyone has experienced feeling a little lost and overwhelmed. Buddy benches are a simple and safe way for students to reach out to others around them. Making new friends and finding new activities to love is an exciting part of everyone’s school experience!
If you are searching for where to buy a buddy bench for your school, look no further than Outdoor School Furniture. We have a number of excellent buddy benches for sale. Outdoor School Furniture is featured on Christian’s website as a recommended source for schoolyard buddy benches and you won’t find a better one anyplace else. Our buddy bench designs are colorful and inviting. You can even add your own friendly message to the back of the bench that reflects your school culture and invites student to sit and look for new friendship opportunities!
Outdoor School Furniture is the best place for outdoor benches, outdoor tables, furniture, and buddy benches. If you’re interested in a buddy bench and cost is an issue, Outdoor School Furniture has you covered. We offer excellent prices and we have a price match policy. We will meet or beat any price you can find. We are a member of the NSSEA (National School Supply & Equipment Association) and our products are on most state contract bid lists. We have over 20 years of experience providing outdoor furniture for schools. You can be confident in the quality of our products and our prices are sure to please even the tightest budgets.
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Buddy benches are a wonderful addition to any playground or schoolyard. Their bright colors and personalized messages encourage friendship and kindness. Place them in open and oft-traveled locations, so they will be easily and frequently used.
Our benches are made from 11-guage galvanized steel. We have a variety of bench styles, sizes, and colors to choose from, so you’re certain to find on that will fit your school. Our benches also have three different mounting options: portable, surface, and in-ground. A buddy bench typically features a message on the back that invites students to sit and take advantage of the comfortable spot. You can use one of our standard designs, or create your own design and message specific to your student culture. Be creative and express yourself!
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