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Jarek Furjanic, a third grader from the Port
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Jarek Furjanic, a third grader from the Port Jefferson, Edna Louise Spear Elementary School, reads a poem in front of the new playground, "Buddy Bench" at the school on June 1, 2015. The aim of the Buddy Bench is to ensure that every student has someone to play with during recess; students are encouraged to invite those sitting on the bench to play. Students dressed in yellow and read poems and sang songs of friendship(Credit: James Carbone)

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