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'Buddy benches' offer comfort to Sherman students

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Sherman ISD is installing "buddy benches" at elementary campuses. (KTEN) Sherman ISD is installing "buddy benches" at elementary campuses. (KTEN)
Sherman ISD is installing "buddy benches" at elementary campuses. (KTEN) Sherman ISD is installing "buddy benches" at elementary campuses. (KTEN)
Sherman ISD is installing "buddy benches" at elementary campuses. (KTEN) Sherman ISD is installing "buddy benches" at elementary campuses. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Sherman's Student Health Advisory Committee, Home Depot and ARThropology unveiled eight "buddy benches" for the elementary schools on Friday.

The idea is simple: To help kids find a friend when they're in need.

"This will give them a chance to just kind of sit there and know that somebody is going to come and help them," explained ARThropology owner Holly Doncaster.

The Sherman Independent School District is hoping to help students make friends by adding eight of the "buddy benches" at elementary school playgrounds.

"It can be challenging making friends when you're new in a school, or you're just having a bad day," said Superintendent David Hicks. "This is one more way that we teach kids the social emotional skills to be successful."

When kids feel alone, lost or overwhelmed, the "buddy benches" will serve as a safe place for students to connect and talk about their problems.

"If the child has some type of issue, they will go sit on the bench during recess and a classmate will go by and they try to resolve the issue," said Mae Patti of the Student Health Advisory Committee.

If the student still has unresolved feelings, SISD counselors will be there to help.

"The teachers that are on the playground will notify the counselors of the students sitting on the bench to see if there's some way else that the child may be able to be helped," Patti said. 

While it may take time to introduce the "buddy bench" concept to the kids, Superintendent Hicks said it will have a positive impact on the students' lives.

"Other schools that have done this have seen tremendous success, and our kids will appreciate and get value," he said.

The benches will be introduced to the elementary playgrounds next week.

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