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“Buddy Bench” Donated to the HugYourPeople Community Park

Posted by zachary on May 17, 2019

“Buddy Bench” Donated to the HugYourPeople Community Park

An anonymous 33 year old from Zachary, who felt compelled to construct a “Buddy Bench” promoting friendship and anti-bullying donates bench to the new HugYourPeople Community Park. 

A Buddy Bench is a bench dedicated to helping all children feel included on playgrounds.  The basic principle of the bench is that if you are feeling excluded or lonely, you can go sit on the bench and someone will invite you to play with them.  The buddy bench idea works in conjunction with these two simple rules: 

1. If you see a friend sitting on the bench, invite them to play, walk or talk.  
2. If you choose to sit on the bench, you must say yes to the first person that invites you to play, walk or talk.

“The only way to have a friend is to be a friend”, is a well-known quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  I would like to personally thank this individual, who wishes to remain anonymous for donating this bench promoting inclusion and kindness in our new park,” says Mayor David Amrhein.