Sammy’s Buddy Bench

Sammie's Buddy Bench story, originally featured in the 2019 Be THE Voice Elementary video series, has been updated and shared annually, and has remained a student favorite throughout the years. Each year, Sammie inspires students to create Buddy Benches on their playgrounds to cultivate new friendships. Now in high school, Sammie is elevating her initiative by encouraging BTV middle schools to collaborate with local BTV elementary schools to collect enough caps to produce a genuine Buddy Bench for their playgrounds. We are thrilled to partner with Sammie and Polywood, her bench manufacturer, to bring this project to life in the 2024-25 Be THE Voice program!