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Three elementary schools in Wilson County are a little more welcoming thanks to the efforts of three local Girl Scouts.
Victoria Clark, Sarah Hutto and Janesha Isom of Girl Scout Troop 1221 (formerly of Troop 1479) built and donated Buddy Benches on the grounds of Jones, Rock Ridge and Wells elementary schools.
They received the Bronze Award — the highest honor a junior Girl Scout can achieve — for their effort in the fall of 2017.
Buddy Benches are meant to eliminate loneliness and to foster friendships on school playgrounds. Children are encouraged to spread kindness by inviting those sitting on the bench to come and play; children also learn empathy by being conscious of others who are in need of a friend.
The Girl Scout troop brainstormed ideas to make a difference in the community, and agreed that Buddy Benches were the way to go. After planning the benches’ dimensions, the girls not only purchased the lumber with profits from cookie sales, they also constructed and painted each bench to be unique for the schools.
The Wilson County Schools Maintenance Department assisted with installation at Wells Elementary, and the girls anchored the benches to the ground themselves at the other two schools.