AURORA, OH (WOIO) - Recess at Craddock Elementary School in Aurora is pretty typical. Kids on slides, swings, and the monkey bars.
But off to the side is a brightly colored, inviting bench called the 'Buddy Bench."
"It's for if you don't have anybody to play with - and someone will walk up to you and see if you want to play," one student said.
It's a simple way to make a friend and be kind to others.
"When I was in first grade and I didn't have a friend, and they didn't have the buddy bench, like I didn't know what to do, so I just like walked around and now we have the buddy bench and now I can just sit right there and people will come and ask me," said one student.
A special video teaches the kids how to use the bench, and they quickly find out it really works!
"It helps my kids who are a little more shy that aren't sure how to ask someone and engage in that conversation, this makes it a little easier for that relationship to start," said Tami Mazzella, counselor.
The bench teaches problem-solving and empathy at a very young age.
"The children go and sit on it and magically someone else appears, and then you see them going off together so it's just a great tool for social and emotional growth in our little ones," said Principal Miller.
There's another bench at the Kindergarten building, and a parent is donating two more. One of them will be used by third, fourth, and fifth graders.
Like 19 Action News on Facebook for the latest news, weather, sports and giveaways.