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.