Leadership HC Buddy Bench Campaign

$1,185 of $6,800 goal

Raised by 28 people in 14 months
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Samantha Manire  ELIZABETHTOWN, KY
The Buddy Bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. If a student does not have a friend to play with on the playground, or if they want to make a new friend, they go sit on the Buddy Bench; other kids will then come and offer the child to play. The children will receive a short training on how to appropriately use the bench. Let’s spread the message of inclusion and kindness!

This project is brought to you by the Leadership Hardin County class of 15-16.  Leadership Hardin County is a leadership development and community educational program that connects and inspires local leaders.  As part of this program, we as participants are required to do a collective service project to help address a need in our community.  After our Education Day meeting, we were inspired by a local teacher, Ms. Laura Beth Hayes, who was working on a project with her students to get a Buddy Bench at their school.  We decided this was a project that was not just great for this school, but all of the elementary schools in our county!

The money raised by this account will go toward purchasing the Buddy Benches for all 15 elementary schools and the production of the training video.  

Thank you for your generous donation!  Hopefully, this is a gift that will help the kids in Hardin County for many years to come!
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Update 3
Posted by Samantha Manire
12 months ago
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Great news, we have met our Buddy Bench fundraising goal!! Thank you for everyone's generous donation. Because of your contribution, we will be able to provide a Buddy Bench at all the elementary schools in our county to include training for the kids. Great job!
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Update 2
Posted by Samantha Manire
13 months ago
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It has been one week and fundraising is in full swing! Thank you to those who have donated. I hope you continue to talk about the Buddy Bench and share the link to allow others to contribute to this great cause as well!
Buddy Bench Training Video
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Update 1
Posted by Samantha Manire
13 months ago
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This is a great article on how to use the Buddy Bench! Check it out!
http://www.tolerance.org/playground-buddy
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Aurora Rivera Selbe
14 months ago
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Ms Manire, You failed to mention that Mr Ron Selbe, a Sophomore from John Hardin High School, was actually the person who inspired this project in Hardin County. Ron, my son, made a Buddy Bench for New Highland, an elementary school in Hardin County, as his Eagle project. Ron is a Life Scout with Troop 233, Elizabethtown. He completed his project over Thanksgiving weekend, 2015. After the News Enterprise covered this story on the front page of the Sunday paper, on December 6, 2015, the Leadership Hardin County decided to install benches in all remaining elementary schools in the county. I do hope that your organization gets the funds needed to complete your mission. The Buddy Bench that my son made, and installed at New Highland has already had such a huge impact on our school. I only want credit to go to the correct person. Eagle projects are a huge accomplishment for young men, and I don't want that taken from Ron. I have pictures to share of the process of Ron, and his crew making, and installing the Buddy Bench at New Highland Elementary School, if you are interested in seeing them. They can be seen here : www.facebook.com/selbeclan/media_set?set=a.10207979103058465.1073742016.1324488052&type=

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Shawn Sizemore
14 months ago

Thank you for your efforts. I've seen these benches in many articles across the country and they seem to be a resounding success. Here's more info on the national initative to spread these benches. http://buddybench.org

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$1,185 of $6,800 goal

Raised by 28 people in 14 months
Created January 24, 2016
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Samantha Manire  
TF
$100
Theresa Finerson
13 months ago
JH
$25
Justin Howard
13 months ago
MR
$50
Mitzi Richardson
13 months ago

I am a HUGE believer in this project. Thanks to this Leadership Class for doing this!!!

HS
$10
Hollie Sexton
13 months ago

A small donation from Team Quicksie ♥ Hollie

JM
$30
Jay and Dana McRae
13 months ago
SM
$25
Shannon McRae
13 months ago
SM
$25
Samantha Manire
13 months ago
ML
$25
Michael Lowe
13 months ago

Great project!

K(
$100
Kentucky Neighborhood Bank (KNB)
13 months ago
1
1
$50
Shawn Sizemore
13 months ago
1
1
Aurora Rivera Selbe
14 months ago
2
2

Ms Manire, You failed to mention that Mr Ron Selbe, a Sophomore from John Hardin High School, was actually the person who inspired this project in Hardin County. Ron, my son, made a Buddy Bench for New Highland, an elementary school in Hardin County, as his Eagle project. Ron is a Life Scout with Troop 233, Elizabethtown. He completed his project over Thanksgiving weekend, 2015. After the News Enterprise covered this story on the front page of the Sunday paper, on December 6, 2015, the Leadership Hardin County decided to install benches in all remaining elementary schools in the county. I do hope that your organization gets the funds needed to complete your mission. The Buddy Bench that my son made, and installed at New Highland has already had such a huge impact on our school. I only want credit to go to the correct person. Eagle projects are a huge accomplishment for young men, and I don't want that taken from Ron. I have pictures to share of the process of Ron, and his crew making, and installing the Buddy Bench at New Highland Elementary School, if you are interested in seeing them. They can be seen here : www.facebook.com/selbeclan/media_set?set=a.10207979103058465.1073742016.1324488052&type=

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Shawn Sizemore
14 months ago

Thank you for your efforts. I've seen these benches in many articles across the country and they seem to be a resounding success. Here's more info on the national initative to spread these benches. http://buddybench.org

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