The Buddy Bench first appeared on a school playground three years ago in Pennsylvania.
Vanessa Fitts, a Dryden elementary school teacher, heard about them and built her own bench.
Her students took it around the school to explain how it works.
Fitts’ bench only recently went out to the playground, and she soon heard from her principal about one girl who knew about Buddy Benches. The girl needed someone to play with, sat on the bench and that’s all it took.
The playground buddy bench can be a topic for parents to talk with their children about reaching out to others and seeking new friendships.
Hear more from Vanessa Fitts Saturday morning at 9 on Meet Cortland County.