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Girl Scouts Silver Award Project, "Buddy Benches," teaches inclusion


On Thursday, Nov. 7, two Glassboro High School (GHS) students werepresented with proclamations by Freeholder Heather Simmons recognizing them fortheir Girl Scouts Silver Award Project, “Buddy Benches”. 

McIlvaineand Riley spent hours of their own time over the summer, with the help of alocal retired carpenter who assisted with woodwork, creating the three BuddyBenches to be placed outside of J. Harvey Rodgers School, Dorothy L. BullockSchool, and the Glassboro Child Development Centers. The project was presentedin September. 

FreeholderDirector Robert M. Damminger said, “In order to become a Silver Award GirlScout, Girl Scouts must identify an issue they care about and develop a projectthat helps them to tackle that issue head-on. For Glassboro High Schoolfreshmen McKenna McIlvaine and Alyssa Riley from Girl Scout Troop 66085, thatissue was helping younger children learn to include others and form friendshipsin a technology-driven world.” 

FreeholderSimmons said, “Teaching our children how to interact with others face to faceis important in today's world of screens. The Buddy Bench teaches children tobe inclusive. By creating the Buddy Benches these young women are helping tocreate a generation of children who are willing to sit down with someone whomay be lonely or who may not have anyone else to sit with or talk to.” 

Pictured:Service Manager of Girl Scout Troop 66085 Janice Smith, Alyssa Riley, ArtLewis, Freeholder Heather Simmons, McKenna McIlvaine and GHS Interim Principal KenSilver