2nd-Grader's Cure For Playground Loneliness: A Buddy Bench
Second-grader Christian Bucks, of York, Pa., knew that some of his classmates felt lonely during recess, and he decided to do something about it. His simple, utterly heartwarming solution was to install a playground "buddy bench." A buddy bench
is helpful way for schools to facilitate "peer support"
among students, wrote University of Sulley professor Helen Cowie for a chapter in Promoting Emotional Education. In her essay, Cowie cites peer support as a critical factor in combating school bullying.