Signs are posted near buddy benches to state the rules of the bench. The buddy bench is not a place to sit if a student wishes to be alone; it is a place to sit when a student wants a friend. See sample rules below.
Kevin’s Buddy Bench will be built into the school culture over time through classroom programs and other school activities. Buddy Benches require an introductory assembly at the beginning of each school year, where teachers and staff demonstrate how to use the bench and explain the rules of the bench. Additionally, teachers provide in-classroom reminders throughout the year. Opportunities for such reminders present themselves naturally in the context of Central’s IB units and InFocus lessons — or alternatively, by reading or discussing a book related to friendship and inclusion.
Additionally, our new parent group — Firehawk Friends — is working with staff and teachers to develop Enhanced Education opportunities that promote social emotional learning, friendship and inclusion. These EE opportunities align with the Buddy Bench culture.
Sample Buddy Bench Rules:
“If you need a friend and are feeling blue, then this seat is for you. Open your heart and your mind to anyone trying to be kind.”
- Before you sit on the Buddy Bench, think of something you would like to do.
- Ask someone else to play with you.
- The bench isn’t for socializing. Only sit there if you can’t find anyone to play with.
- While you’re sitting on the bench, look around for a game you can join.
- If you see something you want to do or if you see a friend you want to talk to, get off the bench!
- When you see someone on the bench, ask that person to play with you.
- If you’re sitting on the bench, play with the first classmate who invites you.
- Keep playing with your new friends!
To learn more about Kevin’s Buddy Bench and programming, visit the links below:
- Buddy Bench 101
- Firehawk Friends
- Buddy Bench Programming at Central
- Social Emotional Learning at Central
- Kevin Pitts Memorial Buddy Bench Fund