April 2023 Young Children Newsletter

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Sponsor a BUDDY BENCH!

A Buddy Bench is usually placed at a school playground.

Why have a Buddy Bench?

Children today are dealing with isolation, loneliness and unhappy experiences on social media. Bullying persists on social media and many children suffer from  depression. Providing a Buddy Bench encourages children to interact, to be social, to play and to be compassionate and kind to each other.

How does the Buddy Bench work?

If a child is sitting on the bench …the child is looking for a friend. When someone asks the child to play,  he join them, and always remembers to glance over at the school’s Buddy Bench to invite new friends to join in on the fun
If a child is not sitting on the bench …the child asks a classmate on the buddy bench to play, and make a new friend today!  The child Keeps growing a circle of friends until everyone has someone to play with.


  1. If a child is new to the school.
  2. If a child wants to make a new friend.
  3. If his/her friends aren’t at school today.
  4. If a child wants to play something different 

from what his/her friends are playing.


Every seven minutes a child is bullied according to an estimate by the U.S. Department of Justice. Promote inclusion. Give students a safe space to eliminate loneliness and foster friendships.

If you are interested in a Buddy Bench for your playground, check out the engraved recycled plastic benches or the laser cut plastic-coated steel bench. These benches are designed to last 50 years.

Benches are engraved with your specific message,I.e. Kiwanis Club of city/town or can be In Memory of..

Check out the websites below for more information.



If you want to place a Buddy Bench at a school, you will need to contact the Department of Public Works and/or the School Department.  Buddy Benches are shipped by UPS and need to be assembled. Directions for assembly etc. can be found online.

Ava Adams,  District Chair

 Young Children  Committee 

Scarborough Maine Kiwanis Club

New England and Bermuda District of Kiwanis

email: [email protected]