Ridgefield Press, June 3, 2014
"Now even benches can help battle schoolyard bullying.
With the materials purchased, ordered and shipped on their way to town sometime next week, Scotts Ridge eighth grader Nathan Pereyra waits to install Buddy Benches in three of Ridgefield’s six elementary schools in an effort to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground.
'If kids can make friends on the Buddy Bench, then they can have someone to turn to and go to when they feel hurt or when they feel alone,' Nathan said. 'It hurts to be called names and to be teased, especially when you don’t know who it is.'
When a student feels isolated and sits on the bench, the goal is for others student to approach him or her and ask to play, talk or walk." Read more