Buffalo Island Central West Elementary receives Buddy Bench

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
BIC West Mustang student government accepts the Buddy Bench from Cpl. John Shipman. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Cpl. John Shipman with the Jonesboro Police Department made a special presentation to the Buffalo Island Central West elementary students. He delivered a Buddy Bench to be placed on the school playground.

Cpl. Shipman told the students the Buddy Bench is part of the Back The Blue program.

"I started the program as a way to support the police departments and we decided to turn it around and have the police department support you."

Money has been raised and used for the Buddy Bench program, and other community projects. Cpl. Shipman has purchased gloves and toboggans and drove around to school bus stops giving them away. They are now purchasing backpacks filled with shampoo, toothpaste and other items.

A couple of benches have been given to schools in memory of students.

"This bench for you is a reminder to always be kind to others," Shipman said. "It is not hard to give a smile or open a door for a friend. We can all make a difference by being kind to others."

Dr. Kima Stewart, principal, talked to the students about the Buddy Bench.

"The bench can be a place for you to go when you feel sad or need a friend," she said. "I hope other students will take notice and be that friend."

Shipman said he hoped they wear out the bench and he needs to bring them another one.

The material and paint are donated as well as the construction of the bench.

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