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Tuckahoe School Unveils New Buddy Bench

Students at Cottle Elementary School have a new Buddy Bench that serves as a place to sit for anyone looking for a playmate.
Students at Cottle Elementary School have a new Buddy Bench that serves as a place to sit for anyone looking for a playmate. Photo Credit: Tuckahoe Union Free School District

EASTCHESTER, N. Y. -- Students at Cottle Elementary School in Eastchester found a new way to make new friendships at school: a Buddy Bench.

Students, faculty and administrators gathered Wednesday to unveil the new bench in the playground at the school. The idea is a child feeling lonely during recess can sit on the bench so other classmates know he or she is looking for something to do, school officials said.

It is a non-threatening way to let other classmates know when someone wants to be included, officials said. It is part of a bigger initiative at school to foster kindness at school at all times, not just during recess.

The bench was donated by the Tuckahoe Parents-Teachers Association. For more details, visit the Tuckahoe Union Free School District website .

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