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musician Jared Campbell visits

South Seneca Central School District students learned about kindness and respect during recent assemblies featuring award-winning singer/songwriter Jared Campbell.

Campbell brought his message of hope and inspiration to students at each grade level. With his guitar in hand, Campbell engaged the audience through his music. Students clapped and sang along as the singer/songwriter used lyrics to convey positive messages.

“People need people,” Campbell said. “To end bullying, we need to start looking at each other differently. We need to treat one another with respect and kindness – building each other up instead of tearing each other down. We need to treat one another like family.”

The students embraced that message, with elementary school and middle school Student Council members presenting a Buddy Bench that will be installed on the elementary school playground. Student Council members in fourth through seventh grades unveiled the recently completed bench and explained how it works. They performed skits illustrating the need for Buddy Benches, which are designed to eliminate loneliness and build friendship on the playground. When a student is feeling lonely, he or she sits on the Buddy Bench and other students take notice and extend an offer to play or talk with the person who is sitting on the bench.
“Be buddies, not bullies!” the students proclaimed.