A new “Buddy Bench” at Gause Elementary School is honoring the memory of teacher Alisa Vail, who passed away last year.
The concept of a Buddy Bench is to provide a space for a student to go to when they need someone to play with at recess.
Dozens of friends, family and co-workers attended the bench dedication on March 29. Originally planned for December, the dedication had to be rescheduled due to snow.
Former Gause Principal Rex Larson and teachers Allison McGranahan and Sydney Termini spoke at the bench dedication.
Vail’s family — including her husband, Andy Vail; daughters, Annabelle and Abbie Vail; sister, Amee Rasmussen; and parents, Vic and Lori Rasmussen — worked together during the ceremony to mount a plaque to the bench.