Two students from Greenwood Elementary worked together to create a Buddy Bench for the school’s playground. The students — first-grader Maddox Hillmer and fifth-grader Skylar Diehl — worked on the project during the school’s Genius Hour.
During Greenwood Elementary’s weekly Genius Hour, first-graders meet with their fifth-grade buddies and are encouraged to discover and follow their passions and to help others.
Maddox and Skylar shared the idea with Greenwood’s mayor and were partnered with the City of Greenwood’s Utility Department. City staff members coordinated the building of the bench. The students and city staff members first created a supply list and sketched the plan for the bench with the help of Kirt Grahl and others from the Utility Department.
Equity Bank of Lee’s Summit donated a $150 gift card to Home Depot for materials, and the two students helped city staff members build the bench during early May. Later this year, the bench will be painted.
Maddox and Skylar shared, “We want to build a bench where kids can go sit if they are having troubles finding someone to play with at recess. Sometimes it’s hard to find someone. If you sit there, other people will see and ask you to play.”