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Kids on playground won't feel left out thanks to Buddy Bench project

By IVY KELLER • Aug 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM

When school starts at Maplehurst Elementary next week, students no longer will have to worry about feeling left out on the playground.

Thanks to Jordan Frado, her husband, and everyone who donated to the “Calvin’s Love” fund, lonely children now will be able to meet at the “buddy bench” on the playground to find others to play with.

The bench is named for Frado’s son, Calvin James Frado, who was “born into heaven” Feb. 24.

Following the loss, the couple decided to honor Calvin in a way that would help other children. A buddy bench at Maplehurst seemed like the perfect option, as Jordan works as an intervention specialist there.

According to her, the bench will be a place for students to go when they need someone else to play with.

“There they can find others looking for a friend to play with, or a child who is already playing may see someone sitting at the bench and ask them to join in with their group,” Jordan Frado said.

She plans for the bench to promote awareness and kindness among children at the elementary and to keep kids from feeling alone.

The project wouldn’t have been possible without help and Frado thanked everyone who was involved.

“Everyone has been so supportive and giving during our times of grief,” Jordan wrote in a statement. “My husband and I want Calvin to forever be in our lives by spreading God’s love as well as the same kindness that we’ve received. We wanted to do something that would make the positive impact on the lives of other children.

“We would like to give a special thank-you to those who donated to ‘Calvin’s Love’ fund for the purchase of the bench,” she said.

This includes Franklin Monument Co., Norwalk Concrete Industries and the Maplehurst staff.

“A lot of people in Norwalk donated to the fund, so I wanted to make sure they saw what it went to,” she added. “I think the kids will really like it.”

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