Local high school student raising money for buddy benches on school playgrounds


Helping students in need. 

A local high school student is raising money to install buddy benches at some local elementary schools.

The benches are to not only make new friends but also to confront feelings of loneliness or bullying.

Kameron Bidar is the Clovis North High School student behind the fundraising efforts. 

“I’m looking to raise money to install buddy benches at North Fork Elementary and Spring Valley Elementary,” Bidar said in video he posted on a GoFundMe page he created this past Sunday.

His goal is to raise $1,600 to buy three buddy benches from The Roudebush Company.

“Basically, what a buddy bench is, it’s a tool for bully prevention,” Bidar explained in his video.

The way it works is when a kid sits on the buddy bench, other kids are encouraged to invite that kid to play. All the students will eventually be taught how the benches work.

Thinking back to his grammar school days, Bidar was motivated to make sure no one feels left out. 

“There were kids that were just kind of standing alone and no one is asking them to play so with the buddy bench it would have been easier for people to be able to go up to them,” Bidar said.

He got together with his mom who is a school psychologist for Chawanakee Unified. She agreed. The benches could be a great addition to the playground. 

“The kids are always wanting to do better and when you teach them the tools they want to use them and they’re really excited about it,” said his mom, Rachelle Lee.

Bidar says besides an important lesson of inclusion… 

“It just makes everyone a little happier,” he concluded. 

He’s striving to get the benches installed by the beginning of next school year. 

If you’re interested in donating, click here.

The benches can be found at schools in nearly every state and eight countries.

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April 29 2021 12:00 am

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