High School Students Build Buddy Benches For Elementary Schools

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Students from New Tech High School are spending some time out of the classroom in the community. 

While it may not look like it right now, the pieces of wood will eventually be constructed into buddy benches.  Zachary England and his group are excited for the final product.

“It’s looking pretty good, compared to other people, we’re not quite as far but that’s because we are just taking our time to do it right,” senior Zachary England said.

By the time all the groups are finished, there will be eight buddy benches for elementary schools.

“Essentially benches where if someone is feeling down or need someone to talk to, they can go sit down and someone will be able to see them and be able to walk over to them and have a good time with them,” sophomore, Jonathan Diaz said.

These students say following directions is key to creating a solid bench.

“Looking at the steps you have to be very precise, making sure everything goes where it needs to be and making sure you use the right tools for the job because if you’re using the wrong one then it just extends your time on it,” Diaz said.

“It’s just amazing to see the students want to get engaged in the community and want to give back, and it’s been fantastic to see them come in and it’s one of those things where you don’t see any cell phones out or anything, which I think is always a good sign,” executive director Rocky Welker said.

Working together to build a better community.

Students aren’t done with the benches just quite. They will be heading back to Habitat for Humanity in February to paint them and then eventually deliver them to the elementary schools in April.
 

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