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UNI students promote inclusion with a Buddy Bench

Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Students from UNI present a Buddy Bench to Southdale Elementary student.

On Friday, May 10th, 2019, students from the University of Northern Iowa’s Construction Resources class presented a Buddy Bench to the students at Southdale Elementary in Cedar Falls.   Southdale unveiled the bench during an assembly attended by students, faculty, and staff at Southdale.

Buddy Benches, or friendship benches, are a special place on a school playground where a child can go when they feel lonely or upset and can seek companionship.  Many schools throughout the United States have installed buddy benches to promote friendship and to combat bullying among students and their peers.