A project started by a third grader about two months ago has received an outpouring of community support and reached a major milestone.
Here's more on the Buddy Bench Project, an effort to help kids from feeling lonely at recess, in this week's Going Green report.
Sammie Vance has been collecting caps at Haley Elementary to make a Buddy Bench for the playground.
"I'm really excited, it went through really fast," says Sammie.
What started out as one bench...has now turned into three, thanks to support from the community.
Sammie's mother Heidi Vance thinks a lot of people can relate to the cause.
"It's been everywhere--from coffee shops, to pharmacies, to the TinCaps ball field--they are all rallying together and getting excited for this project," she says.
"I think Sammie has just touched people's hearts with her love for people, and not wanting anybody to be lonely…I think a lot of people can relate to that, and it's a beautiful thing."
Haley Elementary Principal Brandon White is also excited about the new benches coming to the school.
"It's always refreshing to have students like Sammie be dedicated to the school,” says Principal White. "And [to] have the opportunity to act on a positive note, rather than handing out consequences or dealing with some of the negative things, such as bullies--it's just been very refreshing."
With the twentieth barrel being filled as of Monday, they only need two hundred more pounds of plastic to make Sammie's dream complete.
"I just feel like everyone will be playing with somebody, and everyone will be excited," says Sammie.
Even though they are melting down plastic, the benches do still cost money to make. If you would like to donate, click here.
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