Buddy bench helps kids find friends at recess - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Buddy bench helps kids find friends at recess

Posted: Updated:
If a student feels lonely, they can go to the buddy bench and another student can approach them and ask if they want to play. (Source: KUSA/NBC) If a student feels lonely, they can go to the buddy bench and another student can approach them and ask if they want to play. (Source: KUSA/NBC)
A Colorado boy encouraged his school to install a buddy bench in order to help kids find friends a recess. (Source: KUSA/NBC) A Colorado boy encouraged his school to install a buddy bench in order to help kids find friends a recess. (Source: KUSA/NBC)

(KUSA/NBC) – A Colorado second grader noticed kids at recess who had nobody to play with. So he decided to do something about it by making sure everyone had friends to play with on the playground.

Inspired from a second-grade student who had a "buddy bench" installed at his Pennsylvania elementary school last December, 7-year-old Ethan Thomas-Gonzales decided his school, Thimmig Elementary in Henderson, should have one too.

Here's how it works: if a student feels lonely and in need of a playmate at recess, they can go to the buddy bench. Another student would then come up and see if the student wanted to play.

"They go to this bench and become friends with any other kids that are there or other kids can then invite them to play with them," said Ethan's mother Shandelle Thomas.

Read more: http://on9news.tv/1moiVSV

Copyright 2014 KUSA via NBC. All rights reserved.