Second Grader’s Buddy Bench

HAPPY MONDAY MORNING!!!  Today, we want to introduce you to the Buddy Bench.  Our post today is not the greatest video (as it appears that it was somebody filming their TV), but it was the best version that I could find on the internet.  A young second grader named Christian attends Roundtree Elementary in York, Pennsylvania.  Recently, he went to Germany on a trip with his family and he saw something there that he really liked.  It was a bench where people could come sit on it and make new friends.  He decided that he wanted to take this bench idea to the principal at his school.  He had noticed that there were a lot of lonely students and school.  If their school could have a “Buddy Bench”, perhaps some of those lonely kids could sit on the bench and have someone else come over and sit on the bench with them and be their friend…and help them to have a better day.  When I saw this video (it was sent to me by a good friend, Sharon A. — THANK YOU, Sharon), I immediately thought of all of the bullying that goes on in schools.  I was so impressed that this young boy thought of a way to not only combat the loneliness, but even use his bench as an Anti-Bullying device.  The video mentions that this idea is inspiring schools across the country to think of doing something similar to this bench at their school.  Way to go, Christian!!  Whether you think you are or not, you are a HERO.  There will be students who will have better days…and make new friends because you not only had the idea for the “Buddy Bench”, but more importantly, you ACTED on that idea!!  I hope this idea DOES take off across the country.  We all could use more buddies in our lives……..and maybe even a few more benches, too!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

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Band of Brothers Stop Bullying of 6 Year Old Boy

I HATE bullying.  When I hear about it, I always get mad.  I especially hate bullying of boys and girls.  Today’s ALGN post is about a group of 5th grade boys who came together to stop the bullying that was happening to a 6 year old first grade boy at their school. The boy’s name is Danny Keith.  He is the water boy of the 5th grade football team at Williams School in Bridgewater.  Danny had a brain hemorrhage when he was born.  As a result, he has speech challenges.  He always wears a suit and tie to school and was being teased and bullied because of his attire and his speech issues.  The boys of the 5th grade football team heard about it and decided to do something about it.  They decided that THEY would dress like Danny (the main reason he had been getting teased and bullied) to show their support and to show those that were picking on him that they dressed that way, too.  The bullying stopped and Danny knew that he had a huge group of bigger, tougher students who “had his back”.  As he told his Mom, he felt that he was loved.  This a great “feel good” story.   Thank you to Winklett for sending this in to us.   Let’s stand up for those who need it.  It will make a WORLD of difference in their lives.

Now…Go have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)