We are proud to have a “Buddy Bench” on Meadow Pond’s playground!


A simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship.

Let's spread the message of inclusion and kindness.

A second grade boy in Pennsylvania, who noticed that some kids needed extra support or encouragement to feel included, came up with this simple solution.  The idea is that a child can sit on the bench if he/she were feeling lonely, unsure of who to play with or just feeling left out, and another child will approach them and invite them to play or talk.  Buddy Benches are now used on playgrounds nationwide to help students make connections with their peers. Through a partnership between our Meadow Pond PTA and the MPES Character Education Committee, Meadow Pond has our very own buddy bench!