From the October 2016 issue

Buddy Benches at Schools for Kids in Need of a Friend

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Almost 13 years after their 9-year-old son died in an automobile accident, Luli and Jim Montagano of Rochester Hills dedicated a bench to the school where Tony had been enrolled when his life was cut short. No ordinary seat, the bright blue “buddy bench” – it bears those exact words – rests on the St. Hugo of the Hills school playground in Bloomfield Hills and serves as a place for kids in need of a friend to find one.
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