Young Mind……Great Idea

BEATRICE – There’s no minimum age requirement for coming up with a great idea….and Beatrice elementary school students can thank Stoddard Elementary second-grader William Stokes, for a new way to make friends.

His discovery of a YouTube video, with help from his father Jeremy, is resulting in the Beatrice School District establishing so-called “buddy benches” at school playgrounds.

William is a student in Mary Camacho-Cook’s class. The idea arose partly out of a class discussion about making friends, qualities to look for in friends and exhibiting good behavior.  Principal Kevin Janssen recounts hearing the class discussion.

:29                  “every playground”

Janssen says the buddy bench originated in Germany, and is popular on the east and west coasts.

As of today, each Beatrice elementary school will have a buddy bench on the playground.

:21                  “kids together”

Janssen says William’s idea is a great way to help students make new friends and develop skills to help them later in life.

William sat before the Beatrice School Board last night, a little shy about saying anything about coming up with the idea.

:18                  “kids are excited”

Janssen recognized William, the son of Jeremy and Christina Stokes, with a certificate for his terrific idea.

:08                  “to others”

Each playground at the Beatrice elementary schools will now have a buddy bench.

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