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Huth’s Buddy Bench Leaves No One Out

Teacher and students stand by bench Showing that they care about others, second-graders at Huth Road Elementary came up with a wonderful idea for a community project. Through a series of self-created videos, Avery Gismondi, Dylan Sherman, Eden Maerz, Livia Voskerichian, Francesco Vacanti and Grace Fistola, all students in Maureen Gambino’s class, asked Principal Dr. Ami Alderman and the Huth Road PTA for funds to put a “Buddy Bench” on the Huth Road Playground. A “Buddy Bench” is a bench a child would go to sit if they have no one to play with or feel lonely. Students who see them would go to the bench, introduce themselves and invite them to play. The students made a video to share with everyone at Huth Road Elementary to learn how the bench works. The PTA funded the bench. Ms. Gambino’s students collected water bottles to purchase the paint so the bench could be Viking Blue. Art teacher Dana Allen helped the students paint the bench and each student put their fingerprints on it and bugs were made out of them. The students in the reading group who came up with the project idea put their handprints on the bench. Mr. and Mrs. Polley donated the vinyl lettering. This project, led by kids, made a positive impact on their community.