Cave Creek’s Girl Scout Troup 783 presented a Buddy Bench to Desert Sun Academy this past month to complete their Girl Scout Bronze Award. The Bronze Award encourages Girl Scouts to work as a team on a project to make a difference in their community.

The Buddy Bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. A child who sits on the bench would need someone to play with or needs a friend. If you see someone sitting on the bench, go talk to them or invite them to play.

Lone Mountain Elementary School Girl Scouts, Halle Gerst, Riley Larson and Avery Clifton, and Desert Sun Academy Girl Scouts, Brooke Martin, Leia Ruiz, Marisa McLaughlin and Zoey Pozen presented the bench to Desert Sun in front of the entire student body.

Superintendent Burdick said, “What a wonderful project and addition to the Desert Sun Academy playground. The girls are supporting empathy and kindness, as should we all!”

The focus of the girls’ project was Anti-Bullying and they spent a year developing their campaign and project.

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