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Generous donation sends 'buddy benches' to Gulfport elementary schools

Two weeks ago, Marissa Wingerter donated a "buddy bench" to her school, Bayou View Elementary. (Photo source: WLOX) Two weeks ago, Marissa Wingerter donated a "buddy bench" to her school, Bayou View Elementary. (Photo source: WLOX)
Students who feel lonely can sit on the bench and their classmates are encouraged to ask those students to play with them. (Photo source: WLOX) Students who feel lonely can sit on the bench and their classmates are encouraged to ask those students to play with them. (Photo source: WLOX)
Shaggy's restaurants on the Gulf Coast heard about the project and decided to donate benches to each elementary school in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX) Shaggy's restaurants on the Gulf Coast heard about the project and decided to donate benches to each elementary school in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A fourth grader's campaign to fight bullying and encourage kindness will soon spread across the Gulfport School District.

Two weeks ago, Marissa Wingerter donated a "buddy bench" to her school, Bayou View Elementary. Students who feel lonely can sit on the bench and their classmates are encouraged to ask those students to play with them.

Shaggy's restaurants on the Gulf Coast heard about the project and decided to donate benches to each elementary school in Gulfport, along with one for Hiller Park. The company will also install a bench at its new restaurant in downtown Gulfport.

Trang Pham Bui will tell you all about the buddy benches later tonight. Look for her story on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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