Girl Scouts dedicate 'buddy benches' at schools


Girl Scouts from Troop 36188 dedicated two buddy benches at Apache Elementary School and Alamo Elementary School.

The buddy benches were the result of a three-year project aimed at getting the girls their Silver Award – the highest award cadets may earn.

The award process helps the girls learn about their community, what is needed and how they can contribute – which is how they settled on the buddy bench.

The idea behind the buddy bench is if a student is lonely they can sit on the bench and another student can invite them to play.

“Friendship is a big part of Girl Scouts,” said Abby Frank, 15.

The girls came up with rules that they provided to the schools, as well as a video on how the bench works.

They chose the third grade playground at Apache Elementary because the Girl Scouts felt it is a grade level when it becomes harder to make friends.

“Younger kids play with everyone,” said Frank. “Everyone deserves a friend.”

The Silver Award was given to five of the girls, two of the girls received a community badge since they were new to the troop.

The bench at Apache Elementary was sponsored by Hodges Oil Company and Pecos County Feed and Supply.

The bench at Alamo Elementary was sponsored by the Jackson Family.

Silver Award was earned by Rylea Jackson, Tatum Dale, Jazlin Ontiveros, Abby Frank and Hermione Sandoval.

Community Service patch was earned by Allison Evans and KayLi Lansford.

Troop Leaders are Laura Ontiveros, Jeri Sue Jackson and Misty Frank.