Greentree, Drumheller Valley Secondary School and St. Anthony's school's are all now one step closer to help put an end to bullying and create friendships through students. 
 
Yesterday, November 17, the Drumheller Rotary Club placed so called 'Buddy Benches' at each school. 
 
"The Buddy Bench was brought to our attention by one of our members, Sylvia Adams, and she thought it would be a good project for the Drumheller schools," stated previous Rotary President, Doug Stanford. "The Buddy Bench refers to the simple idea of eliminating loneliness and foster friendship in playgrounds and schools."
 
"Basically there's lots of things involved with it. Some people think it's (to due with) bullying and there is a little bit where if someone gets bullied they can go to the bench. It's mostly to meet new friends and if a newcomer comes to town, they can go to the bench and other children see him and go sit with them," outlined Stanford. 
 
Greentree School has been looking into different programs to help the kids that attend their school. 
 
"The Buddy Bench is one of those programs that really make a difference. When you have 450 kids running around out there and they don't know where to go, now they see the Buddy Bench. It's something they can sit on, meet some people and make some friends," expressed Principal of Greentree School, Erin Campbell-Bentley. "For us right now, the key thing is the meeting place. It's kind of a symbol to show this is where I need to be."
 
Campbell-Bentley reported to 99.5 Drum FM that their school has two more Buddy Benches on order. 
 
"Our school council has been trying to work in conjunction to make them match and just wasn't a possibility. Those two more are on order because with 450 you probably need more than spots for three kids."
 
 

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