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The new, brightly painted Buddy Bench on Lakehill's Lower School playground offers students a haven when feeling in need of a friend. The bench is aligned with Lakehill's Triangle Rules, which promote safety, respect, and a welcoming attitude. 
 
The bench is a comfortable spot where students can take a seat and other students can go to the bench and ask them if they would like to play or talk. 
 
"During playground time, there are sometimes moments when children feel left out, and that is what the Buddy Bench is designed to address," said Head of Lower School Patti Brooks. "Not only do the kids who need some comfort feel better after using the bench, but the students who respond feel better, too, knowing they have made someone feel welcome."
 
Buddy Benches are used at schools around the world and the idea has been well received with Lower School. "I was feeling lonely and did't have anyone to play with," explained one first grade student. "I sat on the bench and someone came to sit with me right away. It really worked!"
 
"I love seeing the new Buddy Bench when I arrive at school in the morning," said Brooks. "It makes me realize that our playground is a safe and welcoming space for all of our students."
 

Lakehill Preparatory School
Are you still searching for a school for your son or daughter entering kindergarten?

Would your child benefit from a low student-to-teacher ratio and small class size?

We have the answer - Lakehill Preparatory School. Interested families are in luck -  a few openings have been made available in Lakehill's kindergarten program for the 2016-17 school year. Studies show that the first seven years of life are the most important for academic development and Lakehill can prepare your child for success. Lakehill's solid academics and nurturing environment will build your child’s confidence and set the foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Contact Lisa Bracken, Director of Admission, to schedule a time to visit our school and to answer any questions you may have. Please call 214-826-2931, or e-mail lbracken@lakehillprep.org, and visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

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