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Girl Scouts Donate a "Buddy Bench" for the Elementary Playground

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The Girl Scout Troop #20372, along with their leaders Sandie Shields and Karri Ahlschwede, made a presentation to the Freeman School Board on Monday night.  The girls talked about their former girl scout leader, Sheila Pella, and how much fun she made Girl Scouts for them. Sheila was also a former para in the Freeman School District.  In May of 2014,  Sheila was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor and she passed away in May of 2016.

The troop decided to donate the "Sheila Buddy Bench" to Freeman Public Schools to put on the elementary playground.  They plan to finish painting the words "Sheila's Buddy Bench" on the bench and it should be installed on the elementary playground in the very near future. What is a buddy bench?  The buddy bench is a simple idea to foster friendship on the playground.  If a student is in need of someone to play with, they go and sit on the buddy bench and if a student sees someone on the buddy bench, they are encouraged to ask them to play or join their group.  

The popularity of the Buddy Benches in the United States is credited to then-first-grader Christian Bucks, whose family was planning to move to Germany for his father's job.  When Christian was looking at German schools online, he saw a similar bench on one of its playgrounds.  He liked the idea and shared it and it has become very popular on playgrounds throughout the United States. 




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