Photos and story via the Jordan Independent.
For the Brownies in Troop 34643, building a better world begins in their own playground. They’re making a big impact at their school with a Buddy Bench, a new spot for kids who are feeling lonely to sit and signify that they’re in need of a buddy to play with.
After learning about other schools that had set up Buddy Benches, these girls thought their school should have one of its own. Their troop met at Jordan Elementary School playground last May, and discussed how the Buddy Bench could be used, how to pay for it, and the best size and color for the bench.
Next, the girls met with By the Yard, a local furniture showroom, and shared their ideas. These young entrepreneurs gained sales experience by giving a sales pitch, and successfully convinced the company to cover more than half the cost of the bench! They even included engraved lyrics from the Girl Scout, song, “Make New Friends, Keep the Old.”
“Those words fit the whole idea of the Buddy Bench,” says troop co-leader, Leah. “All the girls understand how they are spreading goodwill with this community service project and how it is so much bigger than just paying for and installing a playground bench”
Now this Buddy Bench serves as a place for elementary students to sit down or bravely stand up to make new friends or resolve differences. All kids at the school are taught to invite others to play if they see them sitting on the bench.
These girls have big plans for future friend-making.
“Next year, we hope to donate a Buddy Bench to St. John’s School and eventually add a second Buddy Bench at Jordan Elementary School,” says troop member, Madelyn.
Awesome work, girls!