South Side class earns KIMT honor Awarded $300 to be used for a “buddy bench”

Kelsey Enslin’s third grade class at South Side Elementary was awarded $300 through KIMT’s Giving Your Best Tools for School program. The money will be used for a “buddy bench” on the South Side playground. GREG FORBES/HAMPTON CHRONICLE

A South Side Elementary third grade class was recently acknowledged for its efforts to make school a more inclusive place.

Kelsey Enslin and Abby Meyer’s third grade writing class was named KIMT’s Giving Your Best Tools for Schools recipient for April.

The award, according to KIMT Community Affairs Director Michaela Ingersoll, is given to a school or class that aims to make a difference. The class was awarded $300 through the program to add a “buddy bench” to South Side’s playground.

The idea for the buddy bench began as a persuasive writing project, where students wrote what could be done for a new playground. The buddy bench was suggested to ensure no student is alone during recess.

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