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GQES Buddy Bench

GQES Buddy Bench Dedication:
Garland Quarles Elementary School received a donation of a Buddy Bench from the Joyner family earlier this spring.  This Buddy Bench was donated in loving memory of Mary Ruth Joyner.  She was a teacher at Garland Quarles Elementary School for 6 years, and a Principal at Garland Quarles for 10 years.  She is remembered for her dedication to arts education.  A ceremony was held on May 27th, 2019 to dedicate the bench to the school.  Among attendees, were former Garland Quarles Teachers, principals, a WPS superintendent, as well as members of the Joyner family.  The Buddy Bench is a place where kids can go if they need a friend to play with.  If a student sees someone alone on the buddy bench, other students can go offer to have that student join in and play.  The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground.
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Buddy Bench

Buddy Bench