Roosevelt Elementary Raises Money for a 'Sweet' New Buddy Bench - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Roosevelt Elementary Raises Money for a 'Sweet' New Buddy Bench

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Even after Valentine's Day, love is still in the air for the students at Roosevelt Elementary School.

But for most little kids, Valentine's Day hardly has any romantic connotation. For them, it's all about heart-shaped candy, chocolate, and having a buddy to care about.

That's why the 'Sweet Treats' fundraiser, organized by the leadership students at Roosevelt, made perfect sense. It also fit nicely into the overall theme of the entire month at the school, "Roosevelt Has a Heart."

All last week, for just fifty-cents, students and parents could write Valentine's Day messages to anyone they would like and get some candy to go along with it.

"Everyone likes to get mail," said 2nd grade teacher and director of the leadership program Deanna Bunch. "But it's fun to get that little message in the morning, that someone thought about you to stop at the table and leave you a message."

One 'Sweet Treats' message read, "you're the best friend ever! Happy Valentine's Day! Please write one back!"

Another read, "you're the best teacher ever. We appreciate you so much."

One student even wrote one to the band One Direction.

But what was truly 'sweet' about this fundraiser was that all the money raised went towards something called a 'buddy bench.'

"It's a bench for kids, that you put out on the playground," explained school counselor Melissa Alfstad. "And when they're feeling lonely or need a friend, you can go sit on the buddy bench and someone can join you."

And when it hopefully arrives in the spring, this bench will help these students keep the true message of Valentine's Day in mind all year long.

"Valentine's Day is about caring," explained 6th grader Annie. "And I think that's what is going on for the buddy bench."

"If we can show on Valentine's Day that we really do care about each other," echoed 6th grader Aiden, "it kind of might pass on, to more and more people, like a chain."

Last week the students made over $100 by selling the 'Sweet Treats' and thanks to some donations from parents.

Mrs. Bunch said they are very close to their goal for buying the buddy bench, but based on what these students learned this Valentine's Day, it seems as if no student will need to sit on the bench by themselves for too long.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • BEAUTIFUL HOMES: Top 10 Most Expensive Homes For Sale In CDA

    BEAUTIFUL HOMES: Top 10 Most Expensive Homes For Sale In CDA

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-03-25 13:20:34 GMT
    KHQ.COM - When it comes to shopping around for a house, it's always fun to dream. We did a search for some of the most expensive homes for sale right now in the Coeur d' Alene area.>>
    KHQ.COM - When it comes to shopping around for a house, it's always fun to dream. We did a search for some of the most expensive homes for sale right now in the Coeur d' Alene area.>>
  • Teen Suspended For Asking Miss America To Prom

    Teen Suspended For Asking Miss America To Prom

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:34:48 GMT
    YORK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school. Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom.
    >>
    YORK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school. Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom.

    >>
  • Spokane Police Respond To Shots Fired Early Saturday Morning

    Spokane Police Respond To Shots Fired Early Saturday Morning

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:46:42 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- An investigation is underway into shots fired in two separate places early Saturday morning. Police say the first shooting happened on the 1600 block of East Mission. Two armed men forced their way into an apartment and the victim tried to disarm them.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- An investigation is underway into shots fired in two separate places early Saturday morning. Police say the first shooting happened on the 1600 block of East Mission. Two armed men forced their way into an apartment and the victim tried to disarm them.
    >>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Spokane Police Respond To Shots Fired Early Saturday Morning

    Spokane Police Respond To Shots Fired Early Saturday Morning

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:46:42 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- An investigation is underway into shots fired in two separate places early Saturday morning. Police say the first shooting happened on the 1600 block of East Mission. Two armed men forced their way into an apartment and the victim tried to disarm them.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- An investigation is underway into shots fired in two separate places early Saturday morning. Police say the first shooting happened on the 1600 block of East Mission. Two armed men forced their way into an apartment and the victim tried to disarm them.
    >>
  • 10 More Bodies Found Inside South Korean Ferry; Hundreds Still Missing

    10 More Bodies Found Inside South Korean Ferry; Hundreds Still Missing

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:00:36 GMT
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested. Yonhap says 68-year-old Lee Joon-seok was detained early Saturday. The ship, the Sewol, sank Wednesday, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead.>>
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested. Yonhap says 68-year-old Lee Joon-seok was detained early Saturday. The ship, the Sewol, sank Wednesday, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead.
    >>
  • Fallen Hero Banner Project Denied From Marching In Seafair Torchlight Parade

    Fallen Hero Banner Project Denied From Marching In Seafair Torchlight Parade

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:55:08 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - This year the Fallen Hero Banner project, which honors men and women from Washington who have died serving our country, applied to march in the Seafair Torchlight Parade in Seattle. However, the organization was denied by the parade selection committee via email saying, "the Fallen Hero Banner Project was not the right fit for the Torchlight Parade.">>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - This year the Fallen Hero Banner project, which honors men and women from Washington who have died serving our country, applied to march in the Seafair Torchlight Parade in Seattle. However, the organization was denied by the parade selection committee via email saying, "the Fallen Hero Banner Project was not the right fit for the Torchlight Parade.">>