FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- (Fort Wayne's NBC News) Friday's salute goes out to Sammie, the third grader behind Sammie's Buddy Benches at Haley Elementary in Fort Wayne!

Sammie came up with the idea to get benches for her school so that if any of her classmates feels left out, they can go use it to let other students know they need a friend.

She's spent months collecting monetary donations from the community as well as plastic caps to be made into the benches. Each bench is made of 400 pounds of plastic caps and lids.

Thursday night, Haley Elementary held the Buddy Bench Open House to welcome three new benches for the school!

Way to go Sammie and thanks for making sure everyone has a friend!

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