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Chancey Bush
Carlson Elementary social worker Lauren Courtney paints the buddy bench at the bus barn in Idaho Springs.
Bench fills deep-seated need for friendship

Children feeling left out or lonely on the playground soon will find a helping hand in Carlson Elementary School’s new buddy bench.

Last Thursday near the Idaho Springs football field, social worker Lauren Courtney helped paint the wooden bench the school’s vibrant yellow and blue colors.

The bench will be presented to the students later this month and find its permanent home on the playground. Not just anyone can sit on the bench; you have to be looking for a friend.