Braddock Tippit, a fourth-grade student at Hopewell Elementary School, has fostered a dream since the first grade. With the help of his brother, Caleb Hixon, a professional welder, Braddock pushed …
Braddock Tippit, a fourth-grade student at Hopewell Elementary School, has fostered a dream since the first grade. With the help of his brother, Caleb Hixon, a professional welder, Braddock pushed for the installation of a Buddy Bench for the school playground.
"I wanted to help the lonely kids at our school and to find a way to make it easier for kids to meet new friends,” Tippit said. "No one should be left out, because it hurts.”
Taking a seat on the bench signals others on the playground that the person needs a friend today, and classmates make a choice to be a friend by having a conversation at the bench.
"Our playground is a better place when we care about everyone,” Tippit said.
The bench was installed in 2018, and remains available for students at Hopewell to use.
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