Saint Mary Catholic School has received the donation of a playground “Buddy Bench”; a place for a child to sit during playground time when he or she feels the need for attention. This need could be for a companion to play with or a way to escape some perceived conflict.

The use of the Bench is to promote compassion, tolerance and create a more inclusive school environment.

The Bench was presented to the school by the Leadership Southeast Texas – Class of 2016, headed by Ruth Hancock, service project chair, West Orange Cove CISD.