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8-year-old brings 'Buddy Bench' to school in hopes of making sure everyone has a friend

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This sign was unveiled Friday. This sign was unveiled Friday.
The Buddy Bench is where kids can go when they need a friend. The Buddy Bench is where kids can go when they need a friend.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Imagine having no one to play with and having no friends. One eight-year-old at a New Hanover County elementary school is trying to make sure no one at his school feels that way ever again.

Cooper Herrett proved no matter how little you are, you can still make a very big difference.  He said he saw a Buddy Bench on the Today Show, and decided to do everything in his power to bring one to his school.

The idea is simple, if you are feeling lonely and like you don't have any friends, then you can go sit on the Buddy Bench, and hopefully someone will see you and ask you to play.

"I knew that there were probably some lonely kids on the playground and I thought, why don't we get a Buddy Bench so they won't be lonely and there will be more friendships and less loneliness," Herrett said.

So he met with his principal, presented the idea, got the green light, helped design a sign and Friday unveiled the new concept, explaining to his classmates how it works.

"I think it's a good idea," second grader Kiersten Brooks said. "Other people that don't have friends are very lonely and I actually know how that feels."

She said before she was in her current class she would feel lonely and didn't always have someone to play with. She said it was scary to ask kids to play. "I never knew if they were nice," she explained.

Herrett hopes the buddy bench will change that, explaining that now all kids have to do is go to one spot and sit down.

"Hopefully other kids will notice you and they will say ‘Hey, there is someone on the Buddy Bench, let's go over and ask them to play," he said.

It's not just his school, he said he's really hoping the idea continues to spread and that schools all over the country create one.

"I think other schools should get one," he said. "So there would be no lonely kids at all."

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