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News and notes from Williamsburg-James City County Schools

News and notes from Williamsburg-James City County Schools

Buddy Bench installed at Matthew Whaley

Fifth grader Annie Bush made good on a campaign promise she made while running to be school president at Matthew Whaley Elementary.

Bush proposed building a "Buddy Bench" outside the school.

The idea behind a Buddy Bench is to give students a place to go when feeling down, said Stephanie Carroll, a fourth grade teacher who is in charge of the student council association at the school. Teachers encourage students to look out for anyone sitting on the buddy bench, and if students see someone sitting on it, to ask them if they want to play.

Carroll said Buddy Benches have been installed at other...

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