Saskatoon buddy bench video reaches 15 million people
Inquiries pour in from around the world
It begins with one lonely radio show host, but ends in a frenzy of friendly fun.
"I think it's pretty good." - Mathew Henkelman
CBC Saskatoon's test of the buddy bench proves that nobody goes lonely at Willowgrove School, and the resulting video has warmed millions of hearts around the world.
Sever-year-old Mathew is taking the newfound stardom in stride.
"I think it's pretty good," he said in an interview today with CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning.
Story warms hearts around the world
The viral video produced by CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning has generated much interest from news agencies, schools and parents around the world.
I thought, this is so cute.- Kelley Henkelman
The school certainly isn't taking credit for the idea. A quick scan of the internet reveals stories from schools across North America, dating back for years, where buddy benches have helped lonely children find new friends.
But there is something about the Willogrove buddy bench video that has people clicking, sharing and smiling. Among them is Mathew's mother Kelley Henkelman.
"I thought, this is so cute, everybody in Saskatoon will see it. I shared it on my Facebook."
"You always want kids to develop empathy for other students and to always make sure they are including other people."
with files from Saskatoon Morning